Fascinating Rhythm

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"Fascinating Rhythm"
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Published 1924
Language English
Original artist Cliff Edwards
Fred Astaire
Adele Astaire
Recorded by Many artists; see #Recorded versions

"Fascinating Rhythm" is a popular song written by George Gershwin in 1924 with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

It was first introduced by Cliff Edwards, Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire in the Broadway musical Lady Be Good.[1] The Astaires also recorded the song on April 19, 1926 in London with George Gershwin on the piano (English Columbia 3968 or 8969).[1]

A large number of recorded versions exist. One of the rarest recordings[citation needed] is one by Joe Bari (a pseudonym of Anthony Dominick Benedetto, later better known as Tony Bennett) for Leslie Records in 1949 and issued as catalog number 919 with "Vieni Qui" as the flip side. In 2012 a version by Hawaiian steel guitarist Sol Hoʻopiʻi was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Billman, Larry (1997). Fred Astaire - A Bio-bibliography. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 57,235. ISBN 0-313-29010-5. 
  2. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2011". National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. May 24, 2012. 

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