The song of the day for Sunday, August 5, 2018 is “A Shine on Your Shoes.”
About This Song
“A Shine On Your Shoes” was written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz for the 1932 Broadway musical Flying Colors. The same song was used for the 1953 movie The Band Wagon, which starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “A Shine on Your Shoes” in 1993 for his album of songs made famous by his good friend Fred Astaire: Steppin’ Out.
“A Shine on Your Shoes,” as well as Steppin’ Out, is available from iTunes.
I absolutely adore Astaire’s dance to this number from The Band Wagon.
The fine people at Turner Classic Movies had this to say about the number:
For the “Shine on My Shoes” number, Fred Astaire wanted to dance with the bootblack. They found the real thing in Leroy Daniels, a dancing shoeshine man working in downtown Los Angeles. He also inspired the 1950 hit “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy,” recorded by Bing Crosby and country-western star Red Foley. Daniels would make only a handful of films, ending his career as a bootblack in 1985’s Avenging Angel. He also had a recurring role on the hit sitcom Sanford and Son.
Ladies and Gentlemen — Fred Astaire and Leroy Daniels