Artie Shaw

1910 - 2004

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Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, actor and author of both fiction and non-fiction. Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists", Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." Before the release of "Beguine," Shaw and his fledgling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and, after its release, he became a major pop artist within short order. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Artie Shaw has received more than 1,880,593 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Artie Shaw is the 535th most popular musician (down from 527th in 2019), the 2,779th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,624th in 2019) and the 170th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Artie Shaw ranks 535 out of 2,675Before him are Martin Birch, Christoph Schneider, Chris Martin, Ace Frehley, Annie Fischer, and Kai Hansen. After him are Benny Golson, András Schiff, Âşık Veysel, DJ BoBo, Ewa Demarczyk, and Phil Lynott.

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Among people born in 1910, Artie Shaw ranks 103Before him are Giulietta Simionato, Scatman Crothers, Joy Adamson, Magda Olivero, Trygve Bratteli, and Félix Candela. After him are Bernard Voorhoof, Fritz Leiber, Ernst Schäfer, Jorge Negrete, Mary Wickes, and Pavel Batitsky. Among people deceased in 2004, Artie Shaw ranks 89Before him are Franz König, Eddie Adams, Zenkō Suzuki, Mercedes McCambridge, Fay Wray, and René Laloux. After him are Irina Press, Thanom Kittikachorn, Rafael Eitan, Czesław Niemen, Laura Betti, and Elvin Jones.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Artie Shaw ranks 2,779 out of 15,968Before him are Charles Addams (1912), John Wesley Hyatt (1837), David Lewis (1941), Brion James (1945), Bruce Campbell (1958), and George B. McClellan (1826). After him are Harry Dexter White (1892), John Savage (1949), Charlie Munger (1924), Benny Golson (1929), Peter Coyote (1941), and Leon Czolgosz (1873).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Artie Shaw ranks 170Before him are Sixto Rodriguez (1942), Nikki Sixx (1958), Tom Fogerty (1941), Glenn Frey (1948), Tommy Bolin (1951), and Ace Frehley (1951). After him are Benny Golson (1929), John Lewis (1920), Alan Menken (1949), Marty Friedman (1962), Tom Petty (1950), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915).