His music influenced other musicians, such as John Barry in England, with the vamp of the James Bond Theme, possibly influenced by "Nightmare," which also has a similar vamp to Kurt Weill's "Lonely House.
He served in the US Navy from to , during which time he led a morale-building band that toured the South Pacific amidst the chaos of World War II and, following his discharge in , he returned to lead a band through FM4 Soundselection Comedy Films: Best of. Artie Shaw 10 fans. Artist's top tracks. Most popular release. Begin The Beguine by Artie Shaw fans. Jazz Moods - Hot by Artie Shaw. Stardust by Artie Shaw. Greatest Hits by Artie Shaw. Begin The Beguine by Artie Shaw.
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The addition of a string section to a popular big band was not novel, as it had been done by Paul Whiteman and others since the s. Shaw updated the idea with the music trends of the s. Strings gave him a wider tonal palette and allowed him to concentrate on ballads rather than the fast dance songs of the swing era. Shaw was at or near the top of the list of virtuoso jazz bandleaders. The band was showcased on the Burns and Allen program every week.
Shaw's contract was renewed for another 13 weeks when the program was moved to New York. Shaw broke up the Hollywood band, keeping a nucleus of seven musicians in addition to himself, and filled out the ensemble with New York musicians until March While taking a few months vacation in the spring of to reassess what to do next, Shaw recorded in another small group format with three horns and a four-man rhythm section with the addition of a dozen strings and.
By September, he formed a big band with seven brass, five saxes, four rhythm, and fifteen strings. Remote broadcasts noted the band performing in good form and Shaw dazzling the crowd with his clarinet. On December 7, three months into the tour, the piece band was in the midst of a matinee performance in Providence, Rhode Island, when he was given a note about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The note instructed him to tell military personnel to return to their bases. As the audience left, he knew the band was coming to an end. After 18 months playing for Navy personnel, sometimes as many as four concerts a day in battle zones, including Guadalcanal , Shaw returned to the U. Shaw credited his time in the Navy from to as a period of renewed introspection.
His autobiography, The Trouble With Cinderella: An Outline of Identity , was published in with later reprint editions in and Revealing downbeat elements of the music business, Shaw explained that "the trouble with Cinderella" is "nobody ever lives happily ever after.
I flipped over it! He worked for years on his page autobiographical novel, The Education of Albie Snow , but the three-volume work remained unpublished. After his discharge in , he formed another band, this time what could be considered a modern big band in that it contained what is now considered the standard eight brass and five saxes. It did not include any strings and was based in Hollywood, California, where Shaw was living. He continued to record for RCA Victor, as he had before the war, and limited the band's personal appearances to military bases in California.
He made a few records for Musicraft before the band broke up, and all of the recordings for Musicraft from were staffed by top-notch session musicians. The big band was back in the studio, this time including strings.
In July , Shaw undertook a brief but historic Australian tour for promoter Lee Gordon on which he shared the bill with drummer Buddy Rich and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. After completing that tour Shaw stopped playing the clarinet, citing his own perfectionism, which, he later said, would have killed him. He explained to a reporter, "In the world we live in, compulsive perfectionists finish last. You have to be Lawrence Welk or, on another level, Irving Berlin , and write the same kind of music over and over again.
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