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Fabulous Friday: "Night and Day"

Next up, "Night and Day," music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Did you know that Fred Astaire was the first person to sing this song? It was in *Gay Divorce.* Ahem. Here's Fred singing it to the inevitable Ginger Rogers in the movie version:

My favorite story about Astaire: he was a star on Broadway when he went out to Hollywood for a screen test. They didn't go for him the first time. The reaction card, by some dim-witted producer, said, "Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little."

And I'm not sure this recording was discussed in *Stardust Melodies* (I could just check my copy of the book, but it's so far away), but I love this cheesy recording by Enoch Light Orchestra.

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