Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and presenter. He is widely regarded as the "greatest popular-music dancer of all time". He received numerous accolades including an Honorary Academy Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Grammy Award. He was honored with the Film Society of Lincoln Center tribute in 1973, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, and AFI Life Achievement Award in 1980. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Television Hall of Fame in 1989.
Astaire's career in stage, film, and television spanned 76 years. He starred in more than 10 Broadway and West End musicals, made 31 musical films, four television specials, and numerous recordings. As a dancer, he was known for his uncanny sense of rhythm, creativity, and tireless perfectionism. Astaire's most memorable dancing partnership was with Ginger Rogers, whom he co-starred with in 10 Hollywood musicals during the classic age of Hollywood cinema, including Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), and Shall We Dance (1937). Astaire's fame grew in films like Holiday Inn (1942), Easter Parade (1948), The Band Wagon (1953), Funny Face (1957), and Silk Stockings (1957). The American Film Institute named Astaire the fifth-greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 10, 1899 (Omaha), Died June 22, 1987 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, accordion
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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 September 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101993.
Astaire, Fred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101993.
"Astaire, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 September 2023.
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