Steppin' Out with My Baby
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"Steppin' Out with My Baby" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin and introduced in the 1948 musical film Easter Parade. There it was sung by Fred Astaire as part of a dance number involving Astaire on stairs and three different dance partners. The song is based in Irving Berlin's Puttin' On the Ritz released in 1929: The way the introduction comes, and the main part of the song in minor tone is very similar as he did in Puttin' On the Ritz.
Since then the song has been recorded and performed by several artists, most notably Tony Bennett, in whose treatment it has become a jazz standard. Introduced as the title song on his 1993 Astaire-themed album Steppin' Out, a stylish music video for it garnered some MTV airplay and was part of Bennett's commercial resurgence at the time. In concert Bennett often turns the song into an instrumental showcase for his band and for his own jazz-influenced singing style, varying the dynamic between the soft, semi-scat patter and a loud, soaring finish. One such performance was included on his high-selling 1994 MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett album. Later Bennett recorded it as bonus tracks duets with Michael Bublé and Delta Goodrem for his 2006 Duets: An American Classic album; performed it three times with Christina Aguilera on his NBC special An American Classic, Saturday Night Live, and the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2007; and in 2011 with Haley Reinhart in the finale show of American Idol season 10.
In 2013 Anthony Strong released an album with the song as the title track.
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