Change Partners


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Change Partners (Irving Berlin) was introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1938 RKO musical Carefree.

1938 Change Partners (Irving Berlin) Carefree-d50hx15According to The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, eds. Robert Kimball and Linda Emmet (2001), p. 317, on 5 July 1938 the head of RKO’s music Department, Dave Dreyer, wrote to Irving Berlin expressing high expectations for the success of three songs in the Carefree score: “The Yam,” “Change Partners,” and “The Night is Filled with Music.” With regard to “Change Partners” he wrote,

I thought you would be interested to know that we recorded the vocal on “Change Partners” Saturday. When Fred and [director] Mark [Sandrich] heard the orchestra play it the first time, they jumped up and hugged each other. I never saw them show so much enthusiasm about a number before. You will probably receive a wire or a call from Mark about it. They both seemed to think it is even better than “Cheek to Cheek.”


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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers — in Carefree (1938)

Astaire vocal sequence


(below) Astaire vocal sequence, and Astaire hypnotizing Rogers dance sequence


Fred Astaire with Ray Noble and his Orchestra — recorded on 24 March 1938; issued on Brunswick 8189, c/w “I Used to Be Color Blind” (Irving Berlin)


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Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Bob Eberly— recorded on 29 July 1938; issued on the single Decca 2002, c/w “The Yam” (Irving Berlin)


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Fred Astaire — from “An Evening with Fred Astaire,” originally aired on NBC TV on 17 October 1958 — sung by Fred Astaire, and danced by Fred Astaire, Barrie Chase, and an unidentified male dancer


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Sammy Davis, Jr. — from the LP Sammy Awards, Decca DL 78921, released in 1960, according to and, though dates a UK release 1959


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Jack Jones — from the 1961 LP Shall We Dance, Kapp Records KL 1228 (Mono)/KS 3228 (Stereo)


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Vic Damone with Jack Marshall’s Music — originally released on the 1962 LP Linger Awhile, Capitol Records  T 1646  (Mono), ST 1646 (Stereo)


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Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim — from the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Reprise Records F-1021 (Mono), FS-1021 (Stereo), album recorded on 30 January and 1 February 1967,  released in March 1967 — arranged by, conductor: Claus Ogerman


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Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim — from the 1967 Sinatra special A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim; original airdate: 13 November 1967

The song is performed in a medley including also “Corcovado,” “I Concentrate on You,” and “Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema).” All four songs had been featured on their collaborative album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, released in March 1967.


David Udolf — from the CD Playing, an album recorded (says the provider) in June and August 1999, but released, according to CD Universe, on 20 August 2002

David Udolf – piano
Chris Amberger – bass
Bob Braye – drums


Hot N Spicy — 2003 performance, according to the Video page of the band’s website

Svein Erik Martinsen – guitar, vocal, percussion, whistling
Bjarke Falgren – violin
Lars Tormod Jenset – bass


Harry Allen (tenor sax) and Keith Ingham (piano) — duet at Jazz at Chautauqua, 17 September 2011 — recorded by Michael Steinman for JAZZ LIVES


Roy Swanson — electric guitar solo, published on 9 March 2012


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Dave Hirschman Trio — live at Pizza Lauretano, 19 September 2012 — arrangement based on the Sinatra/Jobim bossa nova version

Dave Hirschman – nylon string guitar
Matt Rocchio – bass
Jon Doty – drums


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