Thursday, May 13, 2010

Artie Shaw: Someone To Watch Over Me

One of Shaw's last recordings and a song played at the end of his funeral.  It was written by the Gershwins, former lower east siders. The version used at his funeral was sung by Lee Wiley, his favorite singer and one of his former girl friends. Images of David Stone Martin's album and magazine covers are mostly from the jump with joey blog. Did I mention before that May 23rd is the 100th birthday of the LES born Artie Shaw?
About David Stone Martin. That's him in the first image from the slide show above.
David Stone Martin (1913–1992), born David Livingstone Martin, was an influential American artist best known for his illustrations on jazz record albums.
He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and was greatly influenced by the line art of Ben Shahn. By 1950, Martin had produced more than 100 covers for Mercury, Disc and Dial record albums. Many assignments came from his long time friend, record producer Norman Granz.
For various companies, Martin eventually created illustrations for more than 400 record albums. Many of these were simply line art combined with a single color. Martin's favorite tool was a crow quill pen which enabled him to do delicate line work. CBS-TV art director William Golden gave Martin many print ad assignments during the 1950s, and Martin soon expanded into illustration for Seventeen, The Saturday Evening Post and other slick magazines of the 1950s and 1960s.
His studio was located in Roosevelt, New Jersey.[2] He is represented in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution.

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