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Shaw’s Ex-Wife Sues Estate; Jazz Flutist Newton Sues Beastie Boys

Lawsuits are nothing new in the music industry (especially now that the RIAA has joined the fray), but here are a couple that are slightly more interesting than the average bunch. To begin, Artie Shaw’s ex-wife Evelyn Keyes is suing Shaw’s estate (Shaw died on Dec. 30, 2004 at age 94) for more than $1 million in a breach-of-contract suit. Keyes, who was married to Shaw from 1957-1985, claims that she lent Shaw $150 million when he needed money to sue movie studios and recording companies for alleged unauthorized use of his likeness and for royalty disputes.

“During the first half of the 1970s, following the (Shaw-Keyes) separation, Mr. Shaw was in poor financial condition, having paid the better part of his wealth in settlement of his seven prior marriages,” the lawsuit alleged. The suit also states that Shaw promised Keyes to either repay the loan or give her 50 percent of the money recovered from Shaw’s lawsuits, whichever was greater. Keyes filed the suit against attorney A. Edward Ezor, a representative of Shaw’s estate and trustee of the Artie Shaw Foundation and the Artie Shaw Living Trust.

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