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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 201-225 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-071704 10-in. 1/20/1942 Hindustan Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-071709 10-in. 1/21/1942 Carnival Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-071710 10-in. 1/21/1942 Needlenose Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-071712 10-in. 1/21/1942 Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hot Lips Page Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor D4VB-1052 10-in. 11/23/1944 Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Imogene Lynn Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor D4VB-1053 10-in. 11/23/1944 Lady Day Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D4VB-1054 10-in. 11/23/1944 Let's take the long way home Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor D4VB-1055 10-in. 11/23/1944 Jumpin' on the merry-go-round Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-0029 10-in. 1/9/1945 Can't help lovin' dat man Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Imogene Lynn Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor D5VB-0031 10-in. 1/9/1945 Bedford Drive Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1045 10-in. 4/5/1945 September song Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1046 10-in. 4/5/1945 Little jazz Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1054 10-in. 6/5/1945 Kasbah Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1055 10-in. 6/5/1945 Lament Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1056 10-in. 6/7/1945 Easy to love Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1057 10-in. 6/7/1945 Time on my hands Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1058 10-in. 6/7/1945 Tabu Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1059 10-in. 6/8/1945 A foggy day Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1060 10-in. 6/8/1945 These foolish things remind me of you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1061 10-in. 6/8/1945 Lucky number Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D5VB-1068 10-in. 6/12/1945 I could write a book Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1069 10-in. 6/13/1945 Thrill of a lifetime Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D5VB-1071 10-in. 7/3/1945 Soon Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D5VB-1072 10-in. 7/6/1945 Keepin' myself for you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1073 10-in. 7/6/1945 No one but you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
(Results 201-225 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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