Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

Begin the Beguine

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"Begin the Beguine," with words and music by Cole Porter, was written in 1935 for the Broadway musical Jubilee. Its inspiration was a native dance that Porter witnessed in the Dutch East Indies. The song was one of Porter's personal favorites among his many compositions. Artie Shaw insisted on including Jerry Gray's arrangement of "Begin the Beguine" on the B side of "Indian Love Call," the song that his label had predicted would become a hit. But it was the heavy airplay of "Begin the Beguine" that helped sell six and a half million copies of the record, which Shaw described as "a Latin beat to a swing time." Although many great interpretations have been recorded by artists including Art Tatum (with several virtuoso versions), Mildred Bailey, and Tony Bennett, none of them has approached the popularity of Artie Shaw's hit recording.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Big Band Jazz, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to the Fifties 1983
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 3:14
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 30's, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
RCA 3:15
Cole Porter: A Centennial Celebration 1991
Various Artists
RCA 3:15
American Songbook Series: Cole Porter 1992
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 3:14
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 3:19
Cole Porter Centennial Tribute 1993 Pearl / Pearl Flapper 3:13
Hits of '38 1993
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 3:21
The Flapper Box 1993
Various Artists
Pearl 3:16
Artie Shaw, Vol. 2 1994 Pearl 3:16
Radio Years, Vol. 1, 1938 1994 Storyville 3:35
You're the Tops: Songs of Cole Porter 1994 Avid 3:19
Billboard Pop Memories: The 1930s 1994
Various Artists
Rhino
In the Mood: 20 Original Big Band Hits 1994
Various Artists
Jazzterdays (Netherlands) 3:16
Indian Love Call 1995 Jazz Hour 3:16
The Best of the Big Bands [Jazz Time] 1995
Various Artists
Jazz Time Records 3:15
Topaz Jazz: The Box 1995
Various Artists
Pearl 3:13
As Time Goes By [Charly] 1995
Various Artists
Charly Records 3:15
Swing! Greatest Hits [RCA Victor] 1996
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:16
Family Circle: The Best of the Swing Era 1996
Various Artists
RCA 3:15
Introduction to Artie Shaw: His Best 1937-1942 1996 Best Of Jazz (France) 3:14
RCA Victor Beginner's Guide to Jazz: Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:13
Great Bands 1997
Various Artists
Pearl 3:16
RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 2: 1930-1939 1997
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:13
Jazz of the 1930's: Greatest Hits 1997
Various Artists
RCA 3:13
The Ultimate Big Band Collection 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Great Artie Shaw [Beacon] 1997 Beacon Records (Rock) / Beacon Records
Jazz Hits, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:17
RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [Collector's Edition] 1997
Various Artists
RCA 3:13
1938 1998 Classics 3:13
Topaz Jazz: Great Bands 1998
Various Artists
Topaz Jazz Records / Pearl 3:13
The Fabulous Big Band Collection 1998
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:13
Jazz Hits, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Valmark / Columbia River Entertainment Group 0:00
Swingin' Big Band Favorites 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:17
Jazz Suite 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:17
Battle of the Bands: Shaw Vs. Goodman 1998 RCA Victor / RCA 3:12
Golden Age of Hollywood 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:04
More Big Band Greatest Hits 1998
Various Artists
RCA 2:11
Woody Allen's Movies 1998 Entertainers 3:12
Chart-Toppers of the Thirties 1999
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 3:17
Big Band Bash 1999 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 3:09
Hits of the 30's & 40's 1999
Various Artists
Gallerie 3:14
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra [Javelin] 1999 Javelin 3:17
What Is This Thing Called Love 1999 President 3:14
Jazz Signatures 1999
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:13
Essence of Jazz 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:36
Best of Swing [Disky] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:13
Jazz Cats: Rainy Afternoon Jazz 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:15
The Great Swing Bands, Vol. 10 2000
Various Artists
Festival Records 3:16
'Till Then: The Music That Helped the Allies Win the War 2000
Various Artists
Q Records 3:13
Sensational Swing 2000
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 3:20
Broadway Musical 1918-1946 2000
Various Artists
IMP Classics
Anything Goes: The Songs of Cole Porter 2000 Living Era / ASV 3:20
Jazz Music For: Swing and Sway 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:16
Hits of the 30's & 40's, Vol. 1 & 2 2001
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records 3:16
Self Portrait [Bluebird Anthology] 2001 Bluebird RCA / RCA 3:18
Swing 2002
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:14
In the Mood with Artie Shaw 2002 BMG Special Products 3:16
In The Mood With: Best of the Big Band Era 1938 2002
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:14
Best Of Swing: Let's Dance 2002
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:16
Top of the Pops: 25 Classic Chart Toppers from the Golden Years 2002
Various Artists
Magnum 3:13
The Humphrey Bogart Era 2002
Various Artists
Stardust Records 3:18
As Times Goes By: The Best of Sentimental Favorites 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:06
Smo-o-oth Vintage Jazz: 1935-1952 2003
Various Artists
Living Era / ASV 3:20
All That Jazz [K-Tel UK] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:36
1945-1946 2004 Classics 3:14
It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection 2004 Bluebird RCA / Bluebird 3:16
The Centennial Collection 2004 Bluebird 3:30
Smash Hits of the 30's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:15
World of Cole Porter [K-Tel UK] 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:13
Trzeszczaca Plyta, Vol. 3 2009
Various Artists
4everMUSIC / Warner Music 3:15
Classic Artie Shaw: Bluebird and Victor Sessions 2009 Mosaic Records 3:16
Ultimate Big Band Collection: Great Theme Songs 2010
Various Artists
Masterworks Jazz 3:14
The Complete Thesaurus Transcriptions 1949 2010 Hep 3:06
Woody Allen: La Musique de Manhattan à Midnight in Paris 2011
Various Artists
Milan 3:13
Big Band Music: The Listening Library
Various Artists
Roastin
Decade of Hits: The 30's
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:17
Jazz in the Charts 67/100
Various Artists
3:18
Jazz in the Charts: 1938, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Membran 3:17
Let's Dance: Dance Music Through the Decades
Various Artists
Roastin
Swing Noir: Music From Jazz Clubs of the 1930s
Various Artists
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 3:20
The Best Years of Our Lives: 1938
Various Artists
Sounds of Yesteryear 3:13
The Collection 1932-1954 Acrobat Music / Fabulous 2:58