Big Band's Artie Shaw Dies at 94

Published: 2004-12-31
If "Dancing in the Dark", and "Begin the Beguine" has ever got your toes tapping, it's owed a lot to the man behind the music, Artie Shaw, top in his class in the big band genre. He was such a hot commodity that in the 1930s and 40s, he pulled in a five-figure salary÷a week.

In the mid-1950s, he concentrated more on writing, "I did all you can do with a clarinet," Shaw once said. "Any more would have been less." Claimed to having had adult onset diabetes by his personal assistant, Larry Rose, it is thought that it is what caused his death, along with natural causes. Shaw died at his home December 30, 2004. He was recently named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and was about to receive an award on Jan 7, 2005; which attests that his efforts have and will not be forgotten.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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