Holy jeez, Artie Shaw died? How come nobody told me?! This happened like three months ago (12/30/2004 to be exact). I was prob'ly on my way to Chicago when he died!
Well RIP ol' buddy. I wonder if Grandma knows. I, for one, was definitely always a big fan of the Shaw-meister over Benny Goodman ("King of Swing" my ass--not that that title should have gone to Shaw, as it was much more fitting for Count Basie and, to a lesser extent but still more than Goodman, Duke Ellington), bigtime. Plus, he was married to Lana Turner AND Ava Gardner at different points! To say nothing of his accomplishments on the clarinet. Legends, people. Legends.
RIP Artie Shaw (1910-2004).