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Dancing in the Dark

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Published on Oct 16, 2010

"Dancing in the Dark" is a popular song, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, that was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The 1941 recording by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra earned Shaw one of his eight gold records at the height of the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s.

It was subsequently featured in the classic 1953 MGM musical The Band Wagon and has since come to be considered part of the Great American Songbook. In the film it is given a 'sensual and dramatic' orchestration by Conrad Salinger for a ballet performance by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

The song has also been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bea Wain, Bing Crosby, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Diamanda Galas, and others.

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