A Fine Romance (song)

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"A Fine Romance"
Single by Billie Holiday
A-side"A Fine Romance"
B-side"I Can't Pretend"
Released1936
Format78 rpm single
RecordedSeptember 29, 1936
GenreJazz blues
Length2.53
LabelVocalion
Songwriter(s)Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern
Billie Holiday singles chronology
"These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"
(1936)
"A Fine Romance"
(1936)
"The Way You Look Tonight"
(1936)

"A Fine Romance" is a popular song composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields, published in 1936.

The song was written for the musical film, Swing Time, where it was co-introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Astaire recorded a solo version of the song on July 28, 1936 for Brunswick records (catalog 7716)[1] and it topped the charts of the day for five weeks.[2] Billie Holiday recorded the song for Vocalion Records on September 29, 1936[3] and this too reached the charts of the day as did versions by Henry King and Guy Lombardo.[4]

In Hollywood, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald recorded their version of the song in the summer of 1957. In 1963, Fitzgerald included a solo rendition on her Verve Records album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook, produced by Norman Granz.

In a version sung by Judi Dench it also became the theme song of A Fine Romance, a British television series starring Dench and her husband Michael Williams.

In the film Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), the song is performed by Virginia O'Brien.

A recording by Lena Horne features in the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1993). The song also features in the stage musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert – the Musical.

Notable recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 37. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 498. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 257. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  7. ^ RCA Records Recording date: September 3, 1954 Label: RCA Records, Italy 1974 LP: Marilyn Monroe – La Voce, Le Musiche E I Films Number: TPL1 of 7025 (e)