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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge May 22, 2019

On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we will celebrate the life and work 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 featured work by some of his more notable creative collaborators.

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  1. “Flying Down to Rio” composed by Vincent Youmans, Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu for the 1933 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie of the same name sung here by Fred on the soundtrack and appearing on the carioca collection South of the Border – Greatest Latin Hits.

  2. “A Fine Romance,” written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields for the 1936 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie: Swing Time, taken from the righteous retrospective: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 2: 1936, with Irving Fazola on Clarinet, Bunny Berrigan on Trumpet, Dick McDonough on Acoustic Guitar, Clyde Hart on Piano, Artie Bernstein on Bass and Cozy Cole on Drums.

  3. The George & Ira Gershwin classic, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” from the anthemic anthology Fred Astaire -- The Great American Songbook. Fred sang and danced this in the 1937 movie Damsels in Distress.

  4. “This Heart of Mine,” composed by Harry Warren and Arthur Freed for the 1946 movie: Ziegfield Follies, where it was introduced by Fred and was recorded here in 1945 before the movie came out by Maxine Sullivan and appears on her collection: Say It With a Kiss, accompanied by the Teddy Wilson Quintet, with Mr. Wilson on Piano, Red Norvo on Vibes Charlie Shavers on Trumpet, Billy Taylor on Bass and Morey Field on Drums.

  5. “A Couple of Song and Dance Men,” written by Irving Berlin for the 1946 movie: Blue Skies, performed by Fred and Bing Crosby, taken from Bing’s bulging box set: Easy to Remember.

  6. “The Continental (You Kiss While You’re Dancing),” recorded by Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra on his 1958 LP: Vacation at the Concord, was penned by Con Conrad and Herb Magdison for the 1934 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie: The Gay Divorcee.

  7. The Cole Porter gem “Night and Day,” composed for the 1932 Broadway musical & 1934 movie: The Gay Divorcee, recorded in 1952 by Fred Astaire for his 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 String Bass, and Alvin Stoller on Drums.

  8. “Cheek to Cheek,” the Irving Berlin song introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1935 movie: Top Hat, taken here from the 1956 Latinesque LP: Candido, with Candido Camero on Conga Drums, Al Cohn on Tenor Sax, Dick Katz on Piano, Joe Puma on Guitar, Whitey Mitchell on Bass and Ted Sommer on Drums.

  9. The song composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, “My Shining Hour” from the 1943 Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie movie: The Sky's The Limit, sung by Joy Bryan on her 1957 LP: Joy Bryan Sings, with Mart Paich on Piano and arrangements, Jack Sheldon on Trumpet, Bob Enevoldsen on Clarinet, Herb Geller on Alto Sax, Red Mitchell on Bass and Mel Lewis on Drums.

  10. “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer and sung by Fred in the 1943 movie: The Sky’s the Limit, taken from the copious compilation: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals.

  11. “Dearly Beloved,” written by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer for the 1942 Fred Astaire movie: You Were Never Lovelier, sung by June Christy on her 1956 LP: The Misty Miss Christy, arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo.

  12. “Fascinating Rhythm,” the tune by George and Ira Gershwin from the Adele and Fred Astaire and Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards 1924 Broadway musical: Lady Be Good, recorded in 1956 by Mark Murphy on his album also called: Fascinating Rhythm.

  13. “Let Yourself Go,” composed by Irving Berlin for the 1936 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie: Follow the Fleet and sung by Stacey Kent on her tribute CD: Let Yourself Go – Celebrating Fred Astaire, featuring her husband Jim Tomlinson on Tenor Sax and David Newton on Piano.

  14. “Just Another Rhumba,” originally written for the 1937 Fred Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen Movie: A Damsel in Distress, although it was dropped from the production, taken from the acute 1959 agglomeration: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook, with Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra.

  15. “That's Entertainment!,” the signature song from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of the 1953 movie musical: The Band Wagon, with vocals by Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant.

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