The song of the day for Thursday, October 5, 2017 is “Cheek To Cheek.”
About This Song
“Cheek To Cheek” was written by Irving Berlin for the 1935 film Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, where it was introduced (beautifully) by Fred Astaire. Though the song was nominated for an Academy Award (it lost to “Lullaby Of Broadway”), it became a hit in 1935 and has remained popular to this day. Significant recordings include those by Harry James, Glenn Miller, Roy Eldridge, Bing Crosby and many, many more. Fans of the Tom Hanks’ movie The Green Mile might remember this song, as Top Hat is viewed in the prison. For many, it is one of the very first songs that comes to mind when one thinks of Fred Astaire and the 1930s Hollywood musical.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recorded “Cheek To Cheek” in 2014 for the album Cheek To Cheek. It’s a very nice rendition of this song.
“Cheek To Cheek,” as well as the album Cheek To Cheek, is available from iTunes.
I have a video special for today, featuring some dancer named Fred Astaire. I hear he’s pretty good. 🙂