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Just The Way You Look Tonight

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The Way You Look Tonight" is a song featured in the film Swing Time, originally performed by Fred Astaire.[1] It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936.[1] The song was sung to Ginger Rogers as Penelope "Penny" Carroll by Astaire's character of John "Lucky" Garnett while Penny was busy washing her hair in an adjacent room, and feeling anything but beautiful at the time. The song was written by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields,[1] and has become a standard. Fields later remarked, "The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn't stop, it was so beautiful
The song was released in 1936 as a duet between Bing Crosby and his then-wife Dixie Lee. Billie Holiday recorded this song in the same year as the film; her version can be found on several collections including her Columbia box set from 2001. It was also a big R&B hit for Los Angeles based, multiracial group, The Jaguars in 1956. The song also gave The Lettermen their first hit in 1961, hitting #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #36 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Additional early covers include: Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Chad & Jeremy, The Coasters, Perry Como in 1961, James Darren, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee in 1941, Johnny Maestro of The Crests, Johnny Pace, Frank Sinatra in 1964, Arthur Tracy in 1937, Sal Viviano, and Andy Williams.

Modern covers include: Bryan Ferry, Olivia Newton-John, Phil Collins, Harry Connick, Jr., Rod Stewart, Dexys Midnight Runners, Michael Bublé, Steve Tyrell, Joey McIntyre, Maroon 5, Gideon Emery, Ray Quinn, Kris Allen, Chris Botti, Madeleine Peyroux, Susie Arioli, and Lynda Carter.

The song has become a jazz instrumental standard, inspiring numerous interpretations by a variety of jazz artists. Jazz pianist Art Tatum has an instrumental recording which appears on the 1990 collection The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces. Oscar Peterson also recorded a version on his 1959 album, Oscar Peterson Plays the Jerome Kern Songbook. Saxophonist Johnny Griffin covered this song in the hard bop jazz style on his 1957 A Blowing Session album. Pianist Bradley Joseph performs his arrangement of "The Way You Look Tonight" on his 2006 album, Piano Love Songs.
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The Way You Look Tonight" is a song featured in the film Swing Time, originally performed by Fred Astaire.[1] It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936.[1] The song was sung to Ginger Rogers as Penelope "Penny" Carroll by Astaire's character of John "Lucky" Garnett while Penny was busy washing her hair in an adjacent room, and feeling anything but beautiful at the time. The song was written by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields,[1] and has become a standard. Fields later remarked, "The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn't stop, it was so beautiful
The song was released in 1936 as a duet between Bing Crosby and his then-wife Dixie Lee. Billie Holiday recorded this song in the same year as the film; her version can be found on several collections including her Columbia box set from 2001. It was also a big R&B hit for Los Angeles based, multiracial group, The Jaguars in 1956. The song also gave The Lettermen their first hit in 1961, hitting #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #36 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Additional early covers include: Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Chad & Jeremy, The Coasters, Perry Como in 1961, James Darren, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee in 1941, Johnny Maestro of The Crests, Johnny Pace, Frank Sinatra in 1964, Arthur Tracy in 1937, Sal Viviano, and Andy Williams.

Modern covers include: Bryan Ferry, Olivia Newton-John, Phil Collins, Harry Connick, Jr., Rod Stewart, Dexys Midnight Runners, Michael Bublé, Steve Tyrell, Joey McIntyre, Maroon 5, Gideon Emery, Ray Quinn, Kris Allen, Chris Botti, Madeleine Peyroux, Susie Arioli, and Lynda Carter.

The song has become a jazz instrumental standard, inspiring numerous interpretations by a variety of jazz artists. Jazz pianist Art Tatum has an instrumental recording which appears on the 1990 collection The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces. Oscar Peterson also recorded a version on his 1959 album, Oscar Peterson Plays the Jerome Kern Songbook. Saxophonist Johnny Griffin covered this song in the hard bop jazz style on his 1957 A Blowing Session album. Pianist Bradley Joseph performs his arrangement of "The Way You Look Tonight" on his 2006 album, Piano Love Songs. Show less
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