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Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, actor and author of both fiction and non-fiction.

Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists", Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." Before the release of "Beguine," Shaw and his fledgling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and, after its release, he became a major pop artist within short order. The record eventually became one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of what became known much later as Third Stream music, which blended elements of classical and jazz forms and traditions. His music influenced other musicians, such as Monty Norman in England, whose "James Bond Theme" features a vamp possibly influenced by Shaw's 1938 recording of "Nightmare".

Shaw also recorded with small jazz groups drawn from within the ranks of the big bands he led. He served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1944, during which time he led a morale-building band that toured the South Pacific. Following his discharge in 1944, he returned to lead a band through 1945. Following the breakup of that band, he began to focus on other interests and gradually withdrew from the world of being a professional musician and major celebrity, although he remained a force in popular music and jazz before retiring from music completely in 1954.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 23, 1910 (New York City), Died December 30, 2004 (Thousand Oaks)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, director, leader, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter, arranger, lyricist, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 176-200 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-066148 10-in. 6/26/1941 Beyond the blue horizon Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-066149 10-in. 6/26/1941 Don't take your love from me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Lena Horne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-066178 10-in. 7/2/1941 If it's you Dinah Shore ; Paul Wetstein Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-066435 10-in. 6/30/1941 If it's you Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-067735 10-in. 9/2/1941 This time the dream's on me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Bonnie Lake Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-067736 10-in. 9/2/1941 Blues in the night Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hot Lips Page Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-067737 10-in. 9/2/1941 Nocturne Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-067738 10-in. 9/2/1941 Rockin' chair Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-067739 10-in. 9/2/1941 Through the years Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-067740 10-in. 9/2/1941 If I love again Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-067747 10-in. 9/3/1941 Is it taboo? (To fall in love with you) Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-067748 10-in. 9/3/1941 I ask the stars (and they agree) Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, director  
Victor BS-068194 10-in. 11/12/1941 To a Broadway rose Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-068195 10-in. 11/12/1941 St. James Infirmary blues Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hot Lips Page Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-068196 10-in. 11/12/1941 St. James Infirmary blues Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hot Lips Page Jazz/dance band, with trumpet solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-068197 10-in. 11/12/1941 Deuces wild Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-068805 10-in. 12/23/1941 Someone's rocking my dreamboat Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Paula Kelly Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-068806 10-in. 12/23/1941 I don't want to walk without you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Paula Kelly Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-070342 10-in. 10/30/1941 Take your shoes off, baby (And start runnin' through my mind) Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hot Lips Page Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-070343 10-in. 10/30/1941 Make love to me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Paula Kelly Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-070344 10-in. 10/30/1941 Solid Sam Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-070345 10-in. 10/30/1941 Just kiddin' around Artie Shaw Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director, leader  
Victor BS-071701 10-in. 1/20/1942 Somebody nobody loves Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Fredda Gibson Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-071702 10-in. 1/20/1942 Not mine Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Fredda Gibson Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-071703 10-in. 1/20/1942 Absent minded moon Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Fredda Gibson Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 176-200 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638

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