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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge May 16, 2018
On the Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we marked the natal advent of the life of Fred Astaire, who was born on May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, and who made notable contributions to the arts of cinema, dance, acting, fashion and music. Along the way, we also heard work by some of his comely collaborators and frolicsome followers.
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1) “Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)” was composed by Irving Berlin and recorded by Fred Astaire in the mid-1930s, and was drawn with swizzle sticks from his rollicking retrospective: The Great American Songbook.
2) Another Irving Berlin tune, “Cheek to Cheek,” was sung by The Boswell Sisters backed by Russ Case & His Orchestra in 1935, the same year it was introduced By Fred Astaire in the movie: Top Hat, and is featured on the sisters’ fond look back titled: Shout, Sister, Shout!.
3) “Flying Down to Rio” was written by Vincent Youmans, Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu for the 1933 movie of the same name that first revealed the scintillating pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Sung in 1934 by Fred, this version was deliciously derived from the Latinate anthology: South of the Border – Greatest Latin Hits.
4) “They All Laughed” was inked by George & Ira Gershwin for the 1937 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie: Shall We Dance, and was performed for a radio broadcast that same year from the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City by trumpeter and bandleader Bunny Berigan, featuring Carol McKay on Vocal, and can be found on Mr. Berrigan’s historical agglomeration: Swingin’ & Jumpin’ – Broadcasts 1937-39.
5) “Nice Work If You Can Get It” also was written by George & Ira Gershwin for the 1937 movie: Damsels in Distress and was warbled by Fred Astaire on his 1952 auspicious album: Steppin’ Out – Astaire Sings, with Oscar Peterson on Piano, Charlie Shavers on Trumpet, Flip Phillips on Tenor Sax, Barney Kessel on Electric Guitar, Ray Brown on Bass, and Alvin Stoller on Drums.
6) “Let's Call the Whole Thing Off” was another gem by George & Ira Gershwin for the 1937 Astaire- Rogers movie: Shall We Dance, played by Pianist Barbara Carroll with Joe Shulman on Bass and Joe Petti on Drums on the 1957 luxurious LP by The Barbara Carroll Trio titled Funny Face and Other Gershwin Tunes.
7) Recorded in 1958, “Let Yourself Go” comes from the Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra. Composed for the 1936 Astaire and Rogers movie: Follow the Fleet. This version includes Paul Smith on Piano; Harry “Sweets” Edison, Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist & Manny Klein on Trumpets; Barney Kessel on Electric Guitar; Juan Tizol on Valve Trombone; Eddie Kusby & Dick Noel on Trombones; Joe Mondragon on Bass; and Alvin Stoller on Drums.
8) “The Continental (You Kiss While You’re Dancing)” was created by Con Conrad and Herb Magdison for the 1934 Astaire and Rogers movie: The Gay Divorcee, performed for us by percussion master Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra on their 1958 kosher confection: Vacation at the Concord.
9) This interpolation of “Carioca,” which was devised by Vincent Youmans, Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu for the 1933 Astaire- Rogers movie: Flying Down to Rio, was waxed in 1952 and comes from the band leader and orchestrator extraordinaire on his historical document: Chico O'Farrill – The Complete Norman Granz Recordings, featuring Gene DiNovi on Piano, Lenny Hambro and Charlie Kennedy on Alto Sax, Danny Bank on Baritone Sax, Flip Phillips and Eddie Wasserman on Tenor Sax, Clyde Lombardi on Bass and Don Lammond on Drums.
10) “Funny Face” was originally composed by George & Ira Gershwin for the 1927 Fred & Adele Astaire Broadway musical of the same name. This version comes from the 1957 movie version starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, included on the superb CD: Funny Face Original Soundtrack Recording: 60th Anniversary Edition, with the orchestra conducted by Adolph Deutsch.
11) “How Long Has This Been Going On?” was vivaciously vocalized by Carmen McRae on her 1958 plaintive production: Book of Ballads, arranged and conducted by Frank Hunter with Don Abney on Piano, Joe Benjamin on Bass and Charles Smith on Drums. George & Ira Gershwin also wrote this to be used originally in the 1927 Fred & Adele Astaire musical Funny Face, but it was dropped from that show to be inserted into their 1928 musical: Rosalie, and later appeared in the 1957 movie version of Funny Face.
12) A Fine Romance,” authored by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields for the 1936 Astaire and Rogers movie: Swing Time, was rendered by the vocalist Mark Murphy on his recovered CD: Sings Mostly Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman, originally recorded in 1977 on the “Alec Wilder & Friends” public radio show.
13) “I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” was created by Irving Berlin for the 1936 Astaire- Rogers movie: Follow the Fleet, and was sung by Stacey Kent on her tributary album: Let Yourself Go – Celebrating Fred Astaire, featuring her husband Jim Tomlinson on Tenor Sax, Colin Oxley on Electric Guitar, David Newton on Piano, Simon Thorpe on Bass and Steve Brown on Drums.
14) “That's Entertainment!” was composed by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz for the 1953 MGM musical movie The Band Wagon, and spotlights the vocal talents of Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant.
15) “They Can't Take That Away From Me,” another George & Ira Gershwin tune constructed for the 1937 Astaire and Rogers movie: Shall We Dance, sung, arranged and performed by Matt Catingub on his admirable album: George Gershwin 100.
[ This Message was edited by: Dr. Zarkov 2018-05-16 15:12 ]