Artie Shaw: “Begin The Beguine Final”

30 Dec

Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky in 1910, died Artie Shaw on this day in 2004. Hired Billie Holiday as vocalist in 1938 and dared to tour the South. Married 8 times, including Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. Accomplished marksman and author. Walked away from music in 1954, never played another note on stage. Said Shaw: “I’ve done things that nobody has ever done before. And if you think that’s easy, try it.”

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