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Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers - A Fine Romance (1936)

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Published on Dec 2, 2015

Performed by: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

Full Song Title: A Fine Romance

Performed in: 1936

Here is another one of my all time favorites of Fred Astaire. And let me tell you, there will never again be another Fred Astaire. Sure, you'll hear someone say about so-and-so, "He's the next Fred Astaire!"

I think not. Fred Astaire is simply the greatest song-and-dance man the world has ever known. Why? Because he could do both very, very well. Fred is, of course, known primarily as a dancer, and it's unfortunate that not enough is said about his singing. Now, Astaire is not Crosby, nor is he Al Bowlly, but one thing he has mastered that the other singers haven't is the way he "sold a song." There is such tender persuasiveness as he handles the lyrics some songwriters, such as Gershwin, Berlin, and Kern, wrote especially for him. Astaire sings directly to the listener's heart, another talent which made him the legend we know him as today. In a word, he is simply untouchable.

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an popular American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several award winning television specials, and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is best known as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre.

Ginger Rogers (born Virginia Katherine McMath; July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in films, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century.

During her long career, she made 73 films, collaborating with Fred Astaire as a romantic lead actress and dancing partner in a series of 10 Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre. She achieved great success on her own in a variety of film roles and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940). She ranks #14 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of female stars of classic American cinema.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

Best wishes,
Stu
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