Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 23rd 1941 Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded the song called, “Moonglow.”
Artie Shaw born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction.
Shaw grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where, according to his autobiography, his natural introversion was deepened by local anti-Semitism.
Shaw began learning the saxophone when he was 13 years old, and by the age of 16, he switched to the clarinet and left home to tour with a band. Returning to New York, he became a session musician through the early 1930s. From 1925 until 1936, Shaw performed with many bands and orchestras; from 1926 to 1929, he worked in Cleveland and established a lasting reputation as music director and arranger for an orchestra led by the violinist Austin Wylie.
During the swing era, his big bands were popular with hits like “Begin the Beguine” (1938), “Stardust” (with a trumpet solo by Billy Butterfield), “Back Bay Shuffle,” “Moonglow,” “Rosalie” and “Frenesi.”
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As we celebrate how on January 23rd 1941 Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded the song called, “Moonglow.”
Artie Shaw died Thursday, December 30th, 2004. He was 94. He had been in declining health for some time and apparently died of natural causes.
Shaw pulled in a five-figure salary per week and ranked with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller as the bandleaders who made music swing.
But he left the music world largely behind in the mid-’50s and spent much of the second half of his life devoted to writing and other pursuits.
He was recently named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and was to accept his award on Jan. 7, 2005.
As we remember Moonglow today we reminisce on what a career he had and what his songs meant to us when we heard them.
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