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Song of the Day: A Fine Romance

One of the finest songs in one of the two finest of all the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, Swing Time – from the charming beginning where Fred pretends he can’t dance so he can get a lesson right up to the end, a perfect time, and the chemistry between Rogers and Astaire has never been fresher or more vivid.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, “A Fine Romance” – from Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers At RKO: Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology

The music is by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, and while it may not have the most famous songs of Astaire’s film career, it includes three marvelous numbers. In addition to “Fine Romance,” there’s the Oscar-winning “Way You Look Tonight” and the under-appreciated “Never Gonna Dance.”

Here’s a bit from the beginning, when Astaire is still pretending not to be able to dance:

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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