Dancing In The Dark

I’m not talking about the Springsteen hit, but the song written in 1931 by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz for the Broadway review The Band Wagon. It became a classic when it appeared in the 1953 MGM movie musical of the same name.

We begin with a double dose of Fred Astaire. First, dancing in the moonlight with Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon followed by Fred with Oscar Peterson. They didn’t dance together. It’s impossible to top Cyd as a partner.

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? I’m mighty fond of Fred as well.

Next up a double dose of Sarah Vaughan. First with an orchestra then live with a trio.

Frank Sinatra and Billy May turned the ballad into an up-tempo swing stomper.

Here’s Anthony Benedetto dba Tony Bennett from the 1993 album that helped fuel his mainstream comeback. The kids went wild for Tony in the Nineties.

Here’s the divine Diana Krall with a 21st Century take on the Dietz-Schwartz classic.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s song? This time, piano master Art Tatum followed by saxophone titan Sonny Rollins.

Finally, I teased you with The Boss. It’s time to put up or shut up and I never shut up.

That’s all for this week. Pour yourself a belt and commence dancing in the dark. It’s what Fred and Oscar would want. Never argue with them.

2 thoughts on “Dancing In The Dark

  1. Yes. It is impossible to top Cyd as a partner. But (blasphemy of blasphemies) I confess that I very slightly prefer Silk Stockings to The Band Wagon.

  2. That *is* blasphemous but I absolve you of your Fred sins.

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