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‘THE ARTISTRY OF FRED ASTAIRE':
It is no secret that Astaire’s reputation in the cinema
centers around his innovative, genial dancing and
choreography.

A ‘jazz’ singer? Maybe not but it must be noted
that his time is much better than that of some who claim the
title. He is a superb interpreter of great songs ( an astonishing
number have been written for him by several of the ‘American
Songbook’ composers like the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and
Cole Porter), with aninnate sense of style and taste.
The voice is not big. But he knows how to project it and always
does justice to the lyric.

Even Bing Crosby – a genuine admirer of Astaire said:
He has a remarkable ear for intonation, a great sense of rhythm and what is most important, he has great style - style in my way of thinking is a matter of delivery, phrasing, pace, emphasis, and most of all presence.
No wonder he’s been a songwriter’s delight.

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This 116 minute compilation on DVD-R features the memorable :

‘FRED ASTAIRE SONGBOOK’ (1990-63 min). Clips from his films
find him singing many of the 30 or so popular ‘standards’ he introduced
over the years. Comments are offered by luminaries like sister Adele,
Liza Minnelli, Melissa Manchester, Peter Duchin, Hermes Pan, Richard
Schickel and others.
Audrey Hepburn hosts.

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The above is followed by a memorable tribute to Astaire by
John Williams and the BOSTON POPS Orchestra. (1989 - 41 min.)

It opens with members of
the ‘American Ballroom Theatre’ dancing to a splendid medley of tunes
associated with the Rogers/Astaire film team.

The evening’s special featured guest is Broadway
star TOMMY TUNE. With the exception of "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" all other songs performed were composed by Astaire himself.
They include his tribute to LA , 'City Of the Angels', 'Tap Your Troubles Away'..more... Fred's personal favorite 'The Afterbeat’ (lyrics by Johnny Mercer) is superbly sung and danced by Tommy and the talented and versatile trio ‘Manhattan Rhythm Kings’.
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From a 1988 tribute to Irving Berlin, Tommy Tune is
featured in a song and dance routine to the melody
‘Puttin’ On the Ritz ’-a Fred Astaire classic!. ( 7 min.)
To close this memorable program, and a tribute of
sorts to Tommy Tune himself, is S’Wonderful -the highlight
number from the Gershwins’ Broadway show ‘My One And Only’.
He is joined by Twiggy in a 1984 Royal Variety Performance
at London’s West End Drury Lane Theatre. . ( 5 minutes)

VERY GOOD SOUND AND PICTURE.
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