NIGHT AND DAY

Latest update on 28/09/2018

Artist: Fred Astaire
Author: Cole Porter
Label: Victor
Year: 1932

In Broadway musical The Gay Divorce with dance partner Clare Luce and first cut with Leo Reisman's Orchestra. Title changed in The Gay Divorcee under censors' pressure. They couldn't imagine a divorce could be gay. In the 1934 film version, Fred sang it again coupled with Ginger Rogers. Unconventional tune structure inspired by a trip through Morocco (just as in What Is This Thing Called Love). There's an oriental touch to the melody (see also: Begin The Beguine).

Covers:

1933:

Comedian Harmonists [also in German (as Tag und Nacht) and French (Tout le jour, toute la nuit)]

1934:

Eddy Duchin

1934:

Damia [as Tout le jour, toute la nuit in French version of same film]

1939:

Billie Holiday

1940:

Charlie Barnet

1942:

Frank Sinatra [his first solo success, shortly after coming out of his contract with Tommy Dorsey (with a little help from the mob?); also in film Reveille With Beverly, triggering unseen excitement among his fast growing female fan crowd]

1944:

Bing Crosby

1946:

Cary Grant & Alexis Smith [in film Night And Day]

1952:

Roy Milton

1957:

Ella Fitzgerald

1958:

Esquivel

1967:

Sergio Mendes

1970:

Ringo Starr

1976:

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

1979:

Peter Skellern

1982:

Everything But The Girl

1989:

Mano Negra [first vocal lines of their big hit King Kong Five]

1990:

U2

1992:

Tony Bennett

2002:

Patrick Bruel [with Kahimi Kari as Tout le jour, toute la nuit]

2004:

Kevin Kline & John Barrowman [in film De-Lovely]

2008:

Freedy Johnston

2017:

Diana Krall

2018:

Willie Nelson

Cole Porter requested Fred Astaire would cut it first. Fred's limited singing range was no excuse. It's written for poor voices. Anyone can sing it.

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