ARTIE SHAW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 34099
Sale Price $162.00
ARTIE SHAW. Commemorative Envelope signed: "Artie Shaw",
6½x3¾. 3-cent "50th Anniversary of Motion Pictures" stamp affixed, postmarked
New York, N.Y., February 19, 1945. Addressed by typewriter to a collector in
Chicago. Captioned magazine photo of Shaw, b/w, 1¾x3½, and printed article
affixed to verso. Bandleader Artie Shaw (1910-2004), born Arthur Jacob
Arshawsky, was also an accomplished jazz clarinetist, composer and
writer. During the Swing Era, Shaw, the chief rival of Benny Goodman, and his
band had a number of hits, including "Begin the Beguine" (1938), "Lady Be
Good" and "Frenesi", and Shaw was the first white bandleader to hire a
Black female lead singer - Billie Holiday. In the late 1930s and early
1940s, Shaw appeared in two feature films, Artie Shaw's Class in Swing
(1939) and Second Chorus (1940), and he wrote songs for the Marx
Brothers' film, The Big Store (1941) as well as for Second Chorus.
Enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Shaw and his band played for Navy
personnel in the Pacific Theatre for 18 months. In 1954, Shaw "retired" from
playing the clarinet to concentrate on writing semi-autobiographical
non-fiction, but he came out of retirement several times, including
reorganizing a new Artie Shaw Band (1981, with Dick Johnson as band
leader and soloist; Shaw would make guest conducting appearances) and appearing
as a guest star on several TV shows, from What's My Line? (1950)
to Police Woman (1975) as well as making several appearances on The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1971-1972. Married eight times, his
wives included Elizabeth "Betty" Kern, the daughter of songwriter Jerome
Kern, and actresses Lana Turner (February-September 1940), Ava
Gardner (1945-1946) and Evelyn Keyes (1957-1985; his longest
marriage, but Shaw said they lived separate lives much of the time). Shaw, who
was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award on February 8,
2004, died on December 30, 2004 at the age of 94. Lightly creased and soiled.
Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Overall, fine condition.
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