Miriam Shaw

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Miriam Shaw joined Les Brown in 1937, becoming the first female vocalist for his new band. She recorded several numbers during her three-year stay and was popular with critics. Brown’s early band struggled and was accused of lacking personality and stage presence, though Shaw was often singled out as having “showmanly attributes.”

Shaw left Brown’s orchestra in February 1940 for Richard Himber and disappeared from the annals of history. She was replaced in Brown’s band by Wendy Bishop.

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    Les Brown (Miriam Shaw), Bluebird (1938)

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Sources

  1. “The Reviewing Stand: Les Brown.” Billboard 29 Oct. 1938: 14.
  2. “Vaudeville Reviews: Loew's State, New York.” Billboard 11 Nov. 1939: 23.
  3. “They Thrill Boston.” Down Beat 1 Dec. 1939: 14.
  4. “Bishop Joins Brown.” Down Beat 1 Mar. 1940: 21.
  5. “Stuff's Here.” Down Beat 15 Mar. 1940: 4.