Artie Shaw and His Orchestra – Begin the Beguine

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“Begin the Beguine” (Cole Porter).

A Beguine was originally a Christian lay woman of the 13th or 14th century living in a religious community without formal vows, but in the creole of the Caribbean, especially in Martinique and Guadeloupe, the term came to mean “white woman”, and then to be applied to a style of music and dance, and in particular a slow, close couples’ dance. This combination of French ballroom dance and Latin folk dance became popular in Paris and spread further abroad in the 1940s, largely due to the influence of the Porter song (Wikipedia).

Personnel:

  • Artie Shaw – clarinet, bandleader
  • Artie Shaw Orchestra

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Recorded: 1938

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