"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.