Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - Moonglow
Label: RCA Victor - LPM 1244,RCA Victor - LPM-1244,RCA Victor - LPM1244 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono • Country: Canada • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band, Swing
Porter composed the song between KalabahiIndonesiaand Fiji during a Pacific cruise aboard Cunard 's ocean liner Franconia. Musicologist and composer Alec Wilder described it in his book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators — as "a maverick, an unprecedented experiment and one which, to this day, after hearing it hundreds of times, I cannot sing or whistle or play from Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - Moonglow to finish without the printed music At first, the song gained little popularity, perhaps because of its length and unconventional form.
Josephine Baker danced to it in her return to America in the Ziegfeld Follies ofbut neither she nor the song were successful. Two years later, however, bandleader Artie Shaw recorded an arrangement of the song, an extended swing orchestra version, Shorty Was Da Bomb - DMX - The Great Depression collaboration with his arranger and orchestratorJerry Gray.
After signing a new recording contract with RCA Victor Shaw chose "Begin the Beguine" to be the first of six tunes he would record with his new 14 piece band at this, his first recording session with RCA.
RCA's pessimism with the whole idea of recording the long tune "that nobody could remember from beginning to end anyway" resulted in it being released on the "B" side of the record " Indian Love Call ", issued by Bluebird Records as catalog number B B. Shaw's persistence paid off, though, when "Begin the Beguine" became a best-selling record inpeaking at no. The recording became one of the most famous and popular of the entire Swing Era.
Subsequent re-releases by RCA Victor catalog Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - Moonglow  and other releases on LPs, tapes and CDs have kept the recording readily available continuously ever The Outriders - The Outriders its initial release.
In short order, all the major big bands recorded it, including Harry JamesBenny GoodmanTommy Dorsey and Glenn Milleroften as an instrumental, as in the film. As a vocal song, it also became a pop standard, beginning with Porter and Tony Martin ; new interpretations are often still measured against renditions by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgeraldand Elvis Presley did an adaptation of his own.
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