This CD features 25 wonderful songs from Fred Astaire’s greatest movies. Astaire was not merely the greatest dancer the screen has ever seen, he also introduced more great classic songs than any other performer. Fred Astaire’s film musicals are amongst the finest of them all and these songs are amongst the best ever written. Nobody has yet sung them with the same style of elegance of Fred Astaire.
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Fred Astaire’s film musicals are amongst the finest of them all and these songs are amongst the best ever written. Nobody has yet sung them with the same style of elegance of Fred Astaire.
For composers and lyricists from Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart to Barry Manilow, the name of Fred Astaire is an apt metaphor for all that is graceful and stylish in the world of Broadway, the West End and Hollywood. Fred was not merely the greatest dancer the screen has ever seen, he also introduced more great classic songs than any other performer.
Fred was born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska on 10th May 1899. His sister Adele was the older of the two (born 18th September 1896). Both displayed a notable talent for performing, and in 1906, after training in New York, they made their debut in Keyport. The Astaires scored great personal success in ‘The Passing Show of 1918’.
The Astaires came to London to repeat their Broadway success in ‘For Goodness Sake’ renamed ‘Stop Flirting’ for British audiences. A year later, their first Gershwin musical ‘Lady Be Good’ enjoyed huge success as did the follow up ‘Funny Face’. Both were recorded in London with the participation of the composer George Gershwin himself. The last show in which the Astaires appeared together was a lavish and successful revue, ‘The Band Wagon’. Adele Astaire then retired from the stage, and married the second son of the Duke of Devonshire.
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