Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On the Ritz
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About Fred Astaire:
Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several award winning television specials, and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is best known as Ginger Rogers’ dancing partner and romantic interest, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre.
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Have you seen the well-to-do, up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare, with their noses in the air
High hats and Arrowed collars, white spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime, for a wonderful time
If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits,
Puttin’ on the ritz.
Different types who wear a daycoat, pants with stripes
And cut away coat, perfect fits,
Puttin’ on the ritz.
Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)
Come let’s mix where Rockefellers walk with sticks
Or umbrellas in their mitts
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Tips his hat just like an english chappie
To a lady with a wealthy pappy (very snappy)
You’ll declare it’s simply topping to be there
And hear them swapping smart titbits
Puttin’ on the ritz!
About Puttin On The Ritz:
“Puttin on The Ritz” is a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression “putting on the Ritz,” meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel. Hit phonograph records of the tune in its original popularity of 1929–1930 were recorded by Harry Richman and Fred Astaire, with whom the song is particularly associated. Every other record label had their own version of this popular song (Columbia, Brunswick, Victor, and all of the dime store labels). Ella Fitzgerald also performed a swing music version. The song and a dance number were performed by Clark Gable in 1939’s Idiot’s Delight (film) and by Fred Astaire in the 1946 film Blue Skies using the revised lyrics.