Artie Shaw on "Begin the Beguine"
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Music: "Begin the Beguine," CD: The Essential Artie Shaw, Legacy C2K-69239 (disc 1, cut1)
The late NEAJazz Master, Artie Shaw composed one of the best known songs of the 20 th century, Begin the Beguine.
Artie Shaw: When a thing like Beguine came along, my goodness. A lot of money came in. I said, I'm pretty tired of it by now, but it paid for a lot of houses and divorces.
Begin the Beguine was so popular that within a year after its release, the Artie Shaw Orchestra was earning bucketloads of money.
That got to be an albatross around my neck. It was a good tune, and if you're going to be identified with a tune, that isn't a bad one. That and Stardust.
Music: "Stardust," CD: The Essential Artie Shaw, Legacy C2K-69239 (disc 2, cut10)
Stardust was one of shaw's Biggest Hits.
Music: Stardust, CD: The Essential Artie Shaw, Legacy C2K-69239 (disc 2, cut10)
This Jazz Moment with Artie Shaw was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.