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Savitt, Jan
Band Leader Jan Savitt Dead
Sacramento, Oct. 4 (UP) – Orchestra Leader Jan Savitt, 35, died in a hospital here today of cerebral hemorrhage.
He suffered a stroke while enroute to Sacramento Saturday from Los Angeles. A member of the band told attending physicians that he and Savitt had traveled here from Los Angeles in a station wagon to fill a Saturday night dance engagement. Savitt appeared to be asleep for most of the trip and his illness wasn’t discovered until an attempt was made to arouse him.
[Source: Marietta Journal (Marietta, Georgia), dated October 4, 1948]

Jan Savitt, Band Leader, Is Dead
Sacramento, Cal., Oct. 4 (AP) – Jan Savitt, 35-year-old orchestra leader, died in Sacramento County Hospital early today of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Savitt was stricken while en route here Saturday for an engagement at Memorial Auditorium. His orchestra fulfilled its engagement Saturday night without the leader.
Mrs. Savitt flew to Sacramento Sunday from Los Angeles and was at her husband’s bedside when death occurred.
[Source: Springfield Union (Springfield, Massachusetts), dated October 5, 1948]



Shaw, Artie
Innovative swing-era musician Shaw dies at 94
Los Angeles - Artie Shaw, who rose to fame as one of the swing era's finest bandleaders and most innovative clarinetists but then slammed the door on the music business with a Shakespearean flourish, died Thursday. He was 94.
Shaw, whose eight wives included such Hollywood legends as Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, died at his home in Newbury Park, Calif., about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The cause of death was not announced, but Shaw had been in failing health for some time.
From the 1930s to the mid-1950s, Shaw formed, disbanded and reunited bands that made some of the most enduring recordings of the swing era, from his first hit in 1938 with Cole Porter's haunting "Begin the Beguine" to his last recordings with the highly esteemed Gramercy Five, made in 1954 and released more than 30 years later.
[Source: Rockford Register Star (Rockford, Illinois), dated December 31, 2004]






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