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Artie Shaw playing a clarinet

The Hard Life of a Jazz Man

In 1939, jazz clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw showed that there was a lot of money to be made in music, but, he writes, “despite that I earn close to $5,000 a week, I’d think twice before advising anyone to follow in my footsteps.”  More
$12,000-a-week Preacher’s Boy

$12,000-a-week Preacher’s Boy

The hoarse baritone of ex-Baptist organist Nat “King” Cole earns him earns him nearly $400,000 a year, has sole 19,000,000 records like Nature Boy. It also once caused a fuddled night-club patron to remark, “I’m a doctor, boy, and with a throat like that you should be home in bed!”  More