Saturday Cinema: Dance with Fred

by Lynne Warfel
April 12, 2014
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Fred Astaire in a studio publicity still for the 1955 film 'Daddy Long Legs'. (20th Century Fox)

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This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel celebrates the music from the films that featured dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire.

Not only was Astaire a great hoofer, but he's also credited with bringing many a song into the Great American Songbook and into the top hits of the 30s and 40s.

Playlist

Arr. Alexander Courage: Tribute to Fred Astaire
Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra
Philips 412132

Gershwin: Gershwin in Hollywood Overture
Mauceri/Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Philips 434274

Porter: night and Day
McGlinn/London Sinfonietta
EMI 68589

Porter: Begin the Beguine
Jenny Lin, piano
Steinway and Sons 30011

Gershwin: Funny Face Overture
Fiedler/Boston Pops Orchestra
London 460612

Lane: Overture to Finian's Rainbow
Geminagni/New York City Opera Orchestra
Music Masters 670019

Comden/Greene: That's Entertainment
Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra
Philips 416499

Fred Astaire's "Ceiling" Dance Number from the 1951 MGM film, Royal Wedding:

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