Cheek to Cheek

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"Cheek to Cheek" is a song written by Irving Berlin in 1935,[1] for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat (1935).[2] In the movie, Astaire sings the song to Rogers as they dance. The song was nominated for the Best Song Academy Award for 1936, which it lost to "Lullaby of Broadway".[3] The song spent five weeks at #1 on Your Hit Parade and was named the #1 song of 1935.[2] Astaire's 1935 recording with the Leo Reisman Orchestra was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.[4] In 2004, Astaire's version finished at #15 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

In 1985, the Astaire version was played during the opening credits and at the end in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo.[5] It also features in the British television miniseries The Singing Detective (1986).

The song, as sung by Astaire, and separately by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald (see their 1956 album Ella and Louis), is featured in the film The English Patient.[6]

The Astaire rendition was played, with the clip from the film Top Hat, in The Green Mile. The Astaire version was also used in one of the episodes of the British TV Comedy Series To the Manor Born.

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  1. ^ Irving Berlin Collection description from the Library of Congress's online Performing Arts Encyclopedia; retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. ^ a b c "Cheek to Cheek" by Fred Astaire, 1935; from the University of Virginia's American Studies website, subsection "Manufacturing Memory: 1935-1939"; retrieved 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ The 8th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners, from the website of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science (; retrieved 2012-03-07.
  4. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame page from; retrieved 2012-04-07.
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Soundtracks for The English Patient; published by the Internet Movie Database (; retrieved 2012-04-07.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 484. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 

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