Astaire To The Rescue

fred-astaire-1940-everettArticle 235, section 17-a of the Web Logger Handbook:

When other duties preclude blogging, inspiration flags or the dog days of summer make you listless and you haven’t posted lately, just tap dance or play a drum solo.

How about both. And how about if I get someone else to do them.

Fred Astaire from A Damsel in Distress, 1937.

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  1. David says

    Better dancer than drummer, drops too many bombs. Many are unaware of Astaire’s 1980s comeback attempts as a disco dancer:

    • Doug Ramsey says

      YouTube says that 3,418,620 people have viewed that video. Why did it take so long to make its way to Rifftides?

  2. Math Hermann says

    Famous last words:”Can’t sing, can dance a little.”Supposed analysis of Astaire by talent agent.

    • Doug Ramsey says

      This contains the full quote, from Astaire’s Wikipedia bio

      According to Hollywood folklore, a screen test report on Astaire for RKO Radio Pictures, now lost along with the test, is reported to have read: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little.” The producer of the Astaire-Rogers pictures, Pandro S. Berman, claimed he had never heard the story in the 1930s and that it only emerged years later.

      The Wikipedia piece is full of interesting facts and contains some fine photos.