Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the history of film.
His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years. He starred in more than 10 Broadway and West End musicals, made 31 musical films, four television specials, and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, his most outstanding traits were his uncanny sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and his innovation. His most memorable dancing partnership was with Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. The American Film Institute named Astaire the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars.
Gene Kelly, another renowned star of filmed dance, said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire." Later, he asserted that Astaire was "the only one of today's dancers who will be remembered." Beyond film and television, many dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Madhuri Dixit, and Bob Fosse, who called Astaire his "idol", also acknowledged his influence.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 10th, 1899 (Omaha), Died June 22nd, 1987 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, accordion
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BRC-69994||10-in.||6/30/1931||I love Louisa||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-69995||10-in.||6/30/1931||New sun in the sky||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-70259||10-in.||9/28/1931||White heat||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||LBRC-70264||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||10/5/1931||The band wagon||Adele Astaire ; Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Orchestra, with female-male vocal duets and solos and speech||instrumentalist, accordion, vocalist|
|Victor||LBRC-70265||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||10/5/1931||The band wagon||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo, and piano solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-70292||10-in.||10/19/1931||Hoops||Adele Astaire ; Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-73977||10-in.||11/22/1932||Night and day||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-73978||10-in.||11/22/1932||I've got you on my mind||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-75330||10-in.||2/28/1933||Maybe I love you too much||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-76074||10-in.||5/2/1933||My temptation||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-76075||10-in.||5/2/1933||The gold diggers' song||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-76623||10-in.||7/11/1933||A heart of stone||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-98399||10-in.||12/27/1935||I'm building up to an awful let-down||Bill Dillard ; Little Ramblers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-98459||10-in.||12/23/1935||I'm building up to an awful let-down||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Decca||69734||10-in.||9/10/1941||So near and yet so far||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||69735||10-in.||9/10/1941||Dream dancing||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||69736||10-in.||9/10/1941||Since I kissed my baby goodbye-1||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||69737||10-in.||9/10/1941||The wedding cake walk-1||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2996||10-in.||5/27/1942||I'll capture your heart||Fred Astaire ; Bing Crosby||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2997||10-in.||5/27/1942||You're easy to dance with||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 3000||10-in.||5/27/1942||I can't tell a lie||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3137||10-in.||7/26/1942||Wedding in the Spring||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3138||10-in.||7/26/1942||I'm old fashioned||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3139||10-in.||7/26/1942||Dearly beloved||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3144||10-in.||7/27/1942||You were never lovelier||Fred Astaire||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Astaire, Fred," accessed April 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101993.
Astaire, Fred. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101993.
"Astaire, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 April 2021.
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