Fred Astaire Brunswick 78 Records Brochure (1935)

Brunswick issued this flyer for highlights from the movie “Top Hat” in August 1935. These were not sound-track excerpts, but studio re-creations on which Astaire tapped and sang along with two popular dance bands. “Cheek to Cheek” and “No Strings” were recorded in New York on June 26, 1935. The next day, Astaire returned to the studio to record additional selections with Johnny Green’s Orchestra. Then on July 15 he recorded the vocal of “The Piccolino” with Reisman’s Orchestra.

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If you enjoy recordings from the 1930s, be sure to check out Recording the Thirties: The Evolution of the American Recording Industry, 1930–1939, from Mainspring Press. It covers all types of recording — from swing, jazz and blues, to country, classical, and even recordings for the Mexican-American market, Communist labels, and adult-only “party records.”