|Birthname||Arnold Jacob Arshawsky|
|born on||23 May 1910|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||01°40' or|
American jazz musician, a clarinetist, ever associated with his 1938 recording of "Begin the Beguine" that made him a star.
He was married and divorced eight times, including leading ladies of the time like Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. He was a self-acknowledged difficult man and a perfectionist.
In 1954, he decided to never play his clarinet in public again. He declared he could not reach the level of artistry he desired and that his quest for perfection would kill him. Shaw spent his time as a guest on television game shows, writing an autobiography and a novel, traveling and lecturing. But in 1981 he reorganized a band that bore his name, but with Dick Johnson as the lead clarinetist.
He died on 30 December 2004 at age 94 in Los Angeles. His health had been failing since he broke his hip several years prior.
- associate relationship with Sims, Zoot (born 29 October 1925). Notes: Music collaborators
- associate relationship with Thornhill, Claude (born 10 August 1908). Notes: Music collaborators
- spouse relationship with Gardner, Ava (born 24 December 1922). Notes: 1945-1946
- Social : Joined group 1981 (formed another band)
Paul Hewitt from a Reuters obituary filed 12/30/2004.
- Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited
- Traits : Personality : Perfectionist
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (broke his hip)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Eight)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Eight)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz