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FRED ASTAIRE

Fred Astaire began his vaudeville career at five, and by their early 20’s he and sister Adele were dancing legends in the U.S. and Britain. The mere mention of his name evokes a debonair vision of elegance. With his perfectionism, creativity, and grace he redefined the movie musical, and he and partner Ginger Rogers set the standard for future dance pairings. But choreography and dance were not his only forte. He was a natural singer who introduced more songs by great American tunesmiths than anyone else, and he proved his skill as a dramatic actor in On the Beach (1959).

After a highly successful Broadway career, Adele left the team to marry in 1932. Fred danced on stage with other partners. His first show without Adele was Gay Divorce in which he introduced “Night and Day.” He was a leading man in his own right before receiving the call from Hollywood where he enjoyed even greater success.

He was first paired with Rogers in Flying Down to Rio (1933). Their on-screen chemistry led to eight more films, notably Top Hat (1935) which established his tuxedoed image and introduced the Oscar-winning Irving Berlin song “Cheek to Cheek.” Their films together were noted for the great standards they introduced: Swing Time (1936) with its Oscar-winning “The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields and Shall We Dance (1937) with the Gershwins’ “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”.

Astaire’s later partners included Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Vera Ellen, Leslie Caron, and Audrey Hepburn. He shows his comedic side in Easter Parade (1948) where he and Judy Garland dance as hoboes. Only once did he dance with Gene Kelly—in Ziegfeld Follies (1946)—but, always the diplomat, when asked to name his favorite partner he cites Kelly.

Astaire produced several TV specials, guested on many, made numerous films, and won awards for his multiple talents during a career that lasted into his eighties.

— Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


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ASTAIRE, Fred: Fascinating Rhythm (1923-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120501
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ASTAIRE, Fred: Night and Day (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120519
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ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (1933-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120718
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BERLIN, Irving: Say It Isn't So - Songs of Irving Berlin (1919-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120829
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Commercial Grooves: Nostalgic Tracks from TV Adverts Naxos Nostalgia
8.120798
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GARLAND, Judy: Over the Rainbow (1936-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120563
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GERSHWIN, G.: 'S Wonderful - Songs of George Gershwin (1929-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120828
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HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 2 (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120842
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KERN: The Song Is You (1925-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120827
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STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
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ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
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ASTAIRE, Fred: Fascinating Rhythm (1923-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120501
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ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (1933-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120718
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