Personnel: Artie Shaw (vocals, clarinet); Tony Pastor (vocals, tenor saxophone); Hot Lips Page (vocals, trumpet); Betty Beveridge, Ginny O'Connor, Bernie Parks, Helen Forrest, Lena Horne, Leo Watson, Les Baxter, Mel Torm‚, Peg LaCentra, Billie Holiday (vocals); Mike Bryan, Dave Barbour, Tony Gottuso, Al Avola, Jimmy Raney, Jimmy Shirley, Al Hendrickson, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Weston Vaughan, Bobby Sherwood (guitar); Laura Newell (harp); Robert Barene, Lou Klayman, Julie Schechter, T. Klages, B. Bower, Jerry Joyce, Mark Levant, Dave Cracov, Bob Morrow, E. Lamas, Alex Law, Sid Brokaw, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone (violin); Samuel Persoff (viola, strings); K. Collins, Jack Gray, Stanley Spiegelman, David Sturkin, Allan Harshman (viola); Fred Goerner, Julius Tannenbaum, Irving Lipschultz (cello); Jerry Gray, Ben Plotkin, Bill Schumann (strings); Martin Ruderman (flute); Joe Kretcher (bass clarinet); Phil Nemoli (oboe); Artie Baker, Bus Bassey, George Koenig, Lesley Mitchell Clarke, Blake Reynolds, Art Masters, Bud Carlton, Frank Socolow, Jack Stacey, Charlie DiMaggio, Harry Freeman, Lou Prisby, Tom Mace, Neely Plumb, Skeets Herfurt, Les Robinson, Hank Freeman (alto saxophone); Ronnie Perry , Jules Rubin, Georgie Auld, John Walton, Herbie Steward, Tony Zimmers, Jerry Jerome, Dick Clark , Al Cohn, Fred Petry, Mickey Folus (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone); George Thow, Manny Klein, Harry Geller, Tony Faso, Clyde Hurley, Malcolm Crain, George Wendt, Don Fagerquist, Willie Kelly, Dale Pierce, Chuck Peterson, Steve Lipkins, Lee Castaldo, Henry "Red" Allen, George Schwartz, Jimmy Pupa, J. Cathcart, Don Paladino, Claude Bowen, Lee Castle, Max Kaminsky, Ray Linn, Roy Eldridge, John McClanian Best Jr., Bernie Glow, Billy Butterfield, Zeke Zarchy, Stan Fishelson, Bernie Privin, Paul Cohen (trumpet); Jack Cave (French horn); Bill Rank, Ted Vesely, Sonny Russo, Babe Bowman, Charles Coolidge, Mike Michaels, George Arus, J.C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenney, Morey Samuel, Randall Miller, Bob Swift, Russell Brown , Max Bennett, Porky Cohen, Ray Conniff, Si Zentner, Vernon Brown, Harry Rodgers, Ollie Wilson, Buddy Morrow, Bart Varsalona (trombone); Johnny Guarnieri (piano, harpsichord); Dodo Marmarosa, Stanley Wrightsman, Fulton McGrath, Joe Lipman, Gil Barrios, Hank Jones , Bob Kitsis, Milt Raskin, Sonny White, Les Burness (piano); Joe Roland (vibraphone); Shep Shepherd, George Wettling, Carl Maus, Irv Kluger, Nick Fatool, Sam Weiss, Cliff Leeman, Buddy Rich (drums).
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (06/11/1936-??/??/1954); New York, NY (06/11/1936-??/??/1954).
The Artie Shaw Story is a decent collection that features the majority of the clarinetist/bandleader's most popular songs recorded for RCA/Bluebird in the late '30s and early '40s. The 107 tracks include the standards "Frenesi," "Summit Ridge Drive," "Concerto for Clarinet," and "Begin the Beguine." While the majority of this material is timeless, it may be too much Artie Shaw to digest at once for the curious listener. A better place to start would be the single-disc collection The Very Best of Artie Shaw on RCA. ~ Al Campbell