Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. He is regarded as one of the most influential dancers of his time.
His stage, film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films. As a dancer, he is best remembered for his sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and as the dancing partner of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. Fred Astaire has been named by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood cinema.
Top Hat White Tie And Tails
Words and music by Irving Berlin.
From the film “Top Hat.”
I just got an invitation through the mails:
“Your presence requested this evening,
It’s formal, a top hat, a white tie and tails. ”
Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails.
Because I’m invited to step out this evening
With top hat and white tie and tails.
I’m puttin’ on my top hat,
Tyin’ up my white tie,
Brushin’ off my tails.
I’m dudin’ up my shirt front,
Puttin’ in the shirt studs,
Polishin’ my nails,
I’m steppin’ out, my dear,
To breathe an atmosphere
That simply reeks with class;
And I trust that you’ll excuse my dust
When I step on the gas,
For I’ll be there,
Puttin’ down my top hat,
Mussin’ up my white tie,
Dancin’ in my tails.