Autograph Letter Signed

Artie Shaw Autograph Letter Signed 12/22/1980

Artie Shaw Autograph Letter Signed 12/22/1980

Artie Shaw Autograph Letter Signed 12/22/1980    Artie Shaw Autograph Letter Signed 12/22/1980
Make an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response! Take a Look at This Week's Specials! ARTIE SHAW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/22/1980 - HFSID 308267. ARTIE SHAW The band leader responds to the gift of a Christmas cake from fellow band leader Bob Wilson with a warm letter, concluding with a bilingual pun he had once used as a name for his band! Autograph Letter signed: "Con mucho amor/de sus amigo/Arturo (or, if you/prefer Catalan, Artixó)", 1 page, 5¾x9.

No place, 1980 December 22. On personal letter head to "Dear Audrey & Bob [Wilson] ", in full: 1. Tempted, but have not opened as per instructions.

Will open on Xmas day. Will then think a heartfelt thanks, and beam same toward you youse? Will hope you you'se? Meanwhile, all best wishes for a peachy Xmas and a nifty New Year. During the Swing Era, Shaw, the chief rival of Benny Goodman, and his band had a number of hits, including "Begin the Beguine" (1938), "Lady Be Good" and "Frenesi", and Shaw was the first white bandleader to hire a Black female lead singer - Billie Holiday.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Shaw appeared in two feature films, Artie Shaw's Class in Swing (1939) and Second Chorus (1940), and he wrote songs for the Marx Brothers' film, The Big Store (1941) as well as for Second Chorus. Navy during WWII, Shaw and his band played for Navy personnel in the Pacific Theatre for 18 months. In 1954, Shaw "retired" from playing the clarinet to concentrate on writing semi-autobiographical non-fiction, but he came out of retirement several times, including reorganizing a new Artie Shaw Band (1981, with Dick Johnson as band leader and soloist; Shaw would make guest conducting appearances) and appearing as a guest star on several TV shows, from What's My Line? Shaw, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award on February 8, 2004, died on December 30, 2004 at the age of 94.

In France, the joke was that "Artie Shaw" sounded like the French word for artichoke ("artichaut"). When Shaw lived in Spain, he formed a band called "Artixó", which in Catalan also sounds like Artie Shaw. This letter is from the collection of noted Big Band-era musician Bob Wilson. See more material from these signers.

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Artie Shaw Autograph Letter Signed 12/22/1980    Artie Shaw Autograph Letter Signed 12/22/1980