Monday morning, an amazing clip, a beautiful video of Bob Dylan on the Johnny Cash television show singing “I Threw It All Away” from the album Nashville Skyline.
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Tony Yazbeck singing, and dancing on location, the Comden-Green-Bernstein standard from On The Town.
Aside from Yazbeck’s winning performance, if you’re a New Yorker, you’ll have fun identifying the locations.
Thanks to YouTuber On The Town on Broadway
Monday morning, 60s jazz singer Monica Zetterlund rehearses her signature song in her native Swedish with Bill Evans at the piano. Great to watch her as her doubt and pleasure register so transparently.
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Three minutes of heaven as Eleanor Powell, in heels, gives Fred Astaire a run for his money.
The clip above is from the film Broadway Melody of 1940. Powell was probably Astaire’s most accomplished tap partner. Astaire reportedly claimed he would never work with Powell again because Astaire (himself a notorious perfectionist) never wanted to work as hard again.
Thanks to YouTuber CatCORViN
Monday morning some traveling companions, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty as the Traveling Wilburys just making some good music and having a good time.
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The one time Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly danced together on the big screen (except for the That’s Entertainment series) was in the 1946 film The Ziegfield Follies. Just sublime. Take a look at this utterly delightful clip.
Thanks to YouTuber Claq & Co – Tap Dance Specialist
Mikhail Baryshnikov called the Nicholas Brothers the greatest dancers he had ever seen in his life. Fred Astaire called the dance number in the clip above the greatest musical dance sequence ever captured on film. Who am I to argue?
Cab Calloway starts off the madness singing “Jumpin Jive” from the film Stormy Weather.
Thanks to YouTuber laughland
By 1961, Dion had ditched the Belmonts, for the somewhat longer-in-the-tooth Del-Satins. Fans may remember that it was in Dion’s number one hit song for that year that Mr. DiMucci delivered to us the explosive, shocking, world-shaking news headline that Runaround Sue, “Goes out with other guys!”
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Here’s a little piece I put together that was broadcast today on WBAI radio’s Arts Express program and on Pacifica affiliates across the country. Just a fun segment about the current craziness, along with some appropriate music for the time.
Feeling tapped out these days? Not Gregory Hines, Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, or Sandman Sims, five of the masters of American tap dance. This one is lots of fun.
Thanks to YouTuber Mercedes Barker
Monday morning, you look out the window at the empty streets and think of times when the Night Fever meant something else…
Thanks to YouTuber HD Film Tributes
Tracy Chapman was an unlikely singer/songwriter to chart in the top 10 in 1988, but there was something so pure, authentic, and truthful in her singing that this song resonated with many and, improbably, became a hit.
Thanks to YouTuber Folk & Country on MV