The Way You Look Tonight" is a song from the film that was performed by Swing Time Fred Astaire and composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics written by Dorothy Fields. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936.  Fields remarked, "The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn't stop, it was so beautiful." 
In the movie, Astaire sang "The Way You Look Tonight" to
Ginger Rogers while she was washing her hair in an adjacent room. His recording reached the top of the charts in 1936. Other versions that year were by  Guy Lombardo and by Teddy Wilson with Billie Holiday.
Composition [ edit ]
The song was sung by Fred Astaire in the 1936 film
Swing Time in the key of D major, but it is typically performed in  E-flat major with a modulation to G-flat major.
Cover versions [ edit ]
Other versions [ edit ]
Other versions were also recorded by
Clifford Brown, Tina Brooks, Johnny Griffin (with John Coltrane), Charlie Parker, and Tony Bennett (with Thalía).
The Lettermen [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19 ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 134. ISBN . 1-904994-10-5
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Wilk, Max (1997). They're Playing Our Song: Conversations with America's Classic Songwriters (1st Da Capo Press ed.). Da Capo Press. p. 56. ISBN . 0-306-80746-7
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"The Way You Look Tonight". Musicnotes.com . Retrieved . 29 May 2020
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"Sixteen Sunsets - Jane Ira Bloom | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved . 21 July 2020
"Coming Forth by Day". Allmusic. allmusic.com . Retrieved . 15 January 2019
Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 144.
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