They All Laughed (song)

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"They All Laughed"
Song by Fred Astaire
B-side"Slap That Bass"
PublishedFebruary 27, 1937 (1937-02-27) by Gershwin Publishing Corp., New York[1]
Released1937 (1937)
RecordedMarch 18, 1937 (1937-03-18)[2]
StudioLos Angeles, California
GenreJazz, pop
Composer(s)George Gershwin
Lyricist(s)Ira Gershwin
Fred Astaire singles chronology
"They Can't Take That Away from Me"
"They All Laughed"
"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"

"They All Laughed" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance where it was introduced by Ginger Rogers as part of a song and dance routine with Fred Astaire.


The lyrics compare those who "laughed at me, wanting you" with those who laughed at some of history's famous scientific and industrial pioneers, asking, "Who's got the last laugh now?" People and advances mentioned are Christopher Columbus's proof the Earth is round; Thomas Edison's phonograph; Guglielmo Marconi's wireless telegraphy; the Wright brothers's first flight; the Rockefeller Center; Eli Whitney's cotton gin; Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat; Milton S. Hershey's Hershey bar chocolate; and Henry Ford's "Tin Lizzy" Model T car.

Recording and releases[edit]

Fred Astaire with Johnny Green and His Orchestra recorded the song on March 18, 1937.[2] Brunswick Records released it as a single, which appeared on the U.S. record charts.[3] Astaire recorded the song again in 1952 for his album The Astaire Story and again in 1975 for the album The Golden Age Of Fred Astaire.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Library of Congress. Copyright Office. (1937). Catalog of Copyright Entries 1937 Musical Compositions New Series Vol 32 Pt 3 For the Year 1937. United States Copyright Office. U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
  2. ^ a b "BRUNSWICK 78rpm numerical listing discography: 7500 - 8000". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 37. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.