Artie Shaw

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Artie Shaw looked like a matinee idol, had his own big band, and a major hit while still in his twenties. But that success may have been the beginning of his undoing. This week Shaw would've turned 100, and WNYC's Sara Fishko takes a look back at the band leader's mercurial career.

Music Playlist

  1. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: The Artistry of Artie Shaw
    Label: Hep Records
  2. Prelude No. 17

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: The Artistry of Artie Shaw
    Label: Hep Records
  3. Valse

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: The Artistry of Artie Shaw
    Label: Hep Records
  4. Mood in Question

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: The Artistry of Artie Shaw
    Label: Hep Records
  5. Begin the Beguine

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  6. Any Old Time

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  7. Back Bay Shuffle

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  8. Nightmare

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  9. Say It with a Kiss

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  10. Frenesi

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  11. Summit Ridge Drive

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Centennial Collection
    Label: RCA
  12. Intro: Tabu

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Complete Spotlight Band 1945 Broadcasts
    Label: Hep Records
  13. If I Loved You

    Artist: Artie Shaw
    Album: Artie Shaw: The Complete Spotlight Band 1945 Broadcasts
    Label: Hep Records
  14. Moonray

    Artist: Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
    Album: Begin the Beguine
    Label: Bluebird