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Artie Shaw Dies

Jazz clarinetist and big-band leader Artie Shaw died on Thursday December 29, 2004 in Newbury Park, Calif. at age 94 of natural causes. Shaw was famed for his classic recordings of “Begin the Beguine” and “Lady Be Good,” as well as his volitile marriages to movie stars Lana Turner and Ava Gardner.

Born May 23, 1910, Shaw grew up on the Lower East Side of New York City and by 1926 he had moved to Cleveland to play with Austin Wylie’s band. Shaw moved back to New York City in the 1930s, playing with numerous orchestras.

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