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Marlena Shaw Music Scores (MS-00507)


The Marlena Shaw Music Scores (approximately 1960-2005) are comprised of undated music manuscripts exclusively.

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approximately 1960-2005


1.84 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)
1.67 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

The Marlena Shaw Music Scores (approximately 1960-2005) are comprised of undated music scores. The music charts are her own and unique to her style of singing. A list of her singles and albums are included.

Access Note

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.


Materials begin with a list of Shaw's singles and albums, followed by musical scores arranged alphabetically by song title.

Biographical / Historical Note

Singer and entertainer Marlena Shaw was born September 22, 1942 in New Rochelle, New York and grew up with a love of music. She attended the State Teachers’ College in Potsdam, New York, but left to pursue her dream of being a singer. By the mid-1960s she was performing regularly for audiences in the Catskills and Playboy clubs in New York. Shaw became a soul artist and began recording on the Bluenote label in the early 1970s. By the mid- 1970s disco music was beginning to influence the sound of Bluenote and it was at this time that Marlena released 12 major hits. She switched to the Columbia record label in 1977 to increase record sales and has been a respected recording artist for many labels since then.

Shaw continues performing in clubs around the country. Her sound includes jazz, soul, pop and classic, however, Shaw has never strayed far from her jazz roots.

Preferred Citation

Marlena Shaw Music Scores, approximately 1960-2005. MS-00507. Special Collections, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada

Acquisition Note

Material was donated in 2005 to the Special Collections Department by the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center in 2005. Acquisition number 2005-22.

Processing Note

Material was processed in 2005 by Joyce Moore. In 2016 Joyce Moore revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.

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