(Arthur Jacob Arshawsky), clarinetist and band leader, may have led as many lives as he had wives (eight, including Lana Turner and Ava Gardner).
An unusual band leader, he broke from traditional music, experimenting with blending musical forms and theory from African, Latin and Classical. He broke color barriers hiring Billie Holliday as a full-time female vocalist.
His intellectual side led him away from music in the early 1950's. He studied advanced mathematics and wrote an autobiographical/novel: "The Trouble With Cinderella" partially regarding the pitfalls of fame.