Happy Birthday, Artie Shaw!💖🎼 w/ Charles Butterworth, Fred Astaire Paulette Goddard and Burgess in a promotional still for SECOND CHORUS (1940) (*Please view this image full size to see how lovely and HQ this photo is!)
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It was the sight of the movie star Lana Turner holding a “beautiful gold cigarette case and lighter” that got Gardner started on smoking. Turner was Artie Shaw’s third wife, and Gardner was his fifth. Mickey Rooney and Lana have a relationship when she was 17, and Gardner married him when she was 20. She told Gardner she “had great knockers.” “First Mick, then Artie. She beat me to both of them,” Gardner said. “And to Frank, too. Even so, I liked her … I thought she was so sophisticated.”
Mocambo opened in 1941, and became an immediate success. The club’s Latin American-themed decor cost $100,000. Along the walls were glass cages holding live cockatoos, macaws, seagulls, pigeons, and parrots. With big band music, the club became one of the most popular dance-till-dawn spots in town. In 1943, when Frank Sinatra became a solo act, he made his Los Angeles debut at the Mocambo. In the mid 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became the first black performer at the Mocambo, after Marilyn Monroe lobbied the owner for the booking. The club’s main stage was replicated on the TV series I Love Lucy as the “Tropicana” Club. The Mocambo closed in 1959. The site is now a parking lot for a Burger King restaurant that features artwork from the interior of the original building.
“I suffered, I really suffered, with all three of my husbands. And I tried damn hard with all three, starting each marriage certain that it was going to last until the end of my life. Yet none of them lasted more than a year or two…I think the main reason my marriages failed is that I always loved too well but never wisely.”
Oddly, the official soundtrack for BioShock 2 credits the 1938 version by
combining his full name and the tagline from this record as “Artie Shaw
and his New Music” instead of “Artie Shaw and his Orchestra” as seen on
the Bluebird record.
Shaw’s band appeared performed at the Imperial Theater in New York with Glenn Miller. It was popular, but forced to dissolve in 1937 because his music was not “commercial” enough.
His new band started sessions at RCA Victor, recording their first hit for the label, “Begin the Beguine” on July 24, 1938.
22-year-old Ava Gardner and 35-year-old Artie Shaw were married on 17 October 1945. It was Gardner’s 2nd marriage and Shaw’s 6th. The marriage lasted a little more than a year; Shaw asked Gardner a divorce one week after their first anniversary.
A/N: I obviously took some liberties with the storyline, but I tried keeping it as true as possible to the canon history. No beta used this time around, so excuse my mistakes.
Summary: It started with a blind date. A date you had skipped out on, but fate had led you right to the man you stood up. Steve Rogers, a man small in stature but big in heart. A chance meeting set everything in motion, but decades later when he is unfrozen, he has been told you have died. But when a mission to retrieve Hydra plans turned up some interesting information, Steve’s left to wonder whether you are still alive. Or is this all just false hope?