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Fred Astaire

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  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

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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