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Dancing in the Dark [ASV/Living Era]
     

Dancing in the Dark [ASV/Living Era]

 
Arthur Schwartz (1900-1984) wrote songs both romantic and humorous, primarily for performance on-stage and screen. Living Era's salute to Schwartz rightly bears the title of his most beautiful melody: "Dancing in the Dark." His other masterpiece "Then I'll Be Tired of You" (immortalized in 1934 by Fats Waller & His Rhythm) is unfortunately absent from this compilation

Overview

Arthur Schwartz (1900-1984) wrote songs both romantic and humorous, primarily for performance on-stage and screen. Living Era's salute to Schwartz rightly bears the title of his most beautiful melody: "Dancing in the Dark." His other masterpiece "Then I'll Be Tired of You" (immortalized in 1934 by Fats Waller & His Rhythm) is unfortunately absent from this compilation of predominately pop performances recorded between 1930 and 1948. Although Schwartz's impact upon the art of jazz balladry seems to warrant more actual jazz than is to be found here, (Artie Shaw and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey barely cover that base), the real focus was obviously intended to be upon vocalists. Bing Crosby was a cold choice for the title track; a much better version of this lovely song was recorded in 1931 by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians. Fred Astaire is heard backed by Leo Reisman's orchestra and in duet with his sister Adele Astaire; there are several examples performed by English entertainers like Beatrice Lillie, Al Bowlly, Percival Mackay and Hutch; by sweet bands like Ray Noble, Richard Himber and Roy Fox; and by popular U.S. vocalists Helen Forrest, Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, Perry Como and Johnny Mercer. Perhaps the liveliest moments occur during "Got a Bran' New Suit" (another fine tune best interpreted by Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong), here sung by Eleanor Powell, who doesn't bother to change the gender references in the lyrics and therefore sounds for all the world like a well-adjusted dyke donning her best butch threads for a night on the town.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625530124
catalogNumber:
5301

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Perry Como   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Vocals
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Bowlly   Track Performer
Henry Hall   Track Performer
Kitty Kallen   Vocals
Beatrice Lillie   Piano
Dan Donovan   Vocals
Johnny Mercer   Track Performer
Eleanor Powell   Vocals,Tap Dance
Arthur Schwartz   Piano,Vocals
Libby Holman   Track Performer
John Scott Trotter   Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Edmundo Ros & His Rumba Band   Track Performer
Jerry Gray & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Roy Fox & His Band   Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Richard Himber & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Geraldo & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Mary Lee   Vocals
Cyril Grantham   Vocals
Maurice Elwin   Vocals
Foursome   Track Performer
Adele Astaire   Track Performer
Sam Walsh   Piano
Jerry Sears   Track Performer
Russ Case & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ray Noble & His New Mayfair Dance Orchestra   Track Performer
Calico Kids   Track Performer
Percival Mackey   Track Performer
Hutch   Piano,Vocals
Eva Jessye   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dorothy Fields   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes

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