ARTIE SHAW - ENVELOPE SIGNED 06/07/1974 - HFSID 48531
Sale Price $162.00
ARTIE SHAW. Envelope signed: "Artie Shaw/6-07-74", 6½x3¾. Cacheted envelope for the Pacific Coast Indians stamp
in the Indians of Canada series, no stamp affixed, not postmarked.
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 rippled. Slight paper loss on flap on verso. Fine
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