Change Partners

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Astaire and Rogers-Carefree (1938)-1

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

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

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(below) hypnotic dance sequence only

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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 and Barrie Chase 1

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 unknown male dancer

The two videos below each contain the full show. I’ve set the first video to start playing at 9:25, the beginning of the “Change Partners” number, though an ad might play first. In the second video, the number begins at about 10:27.

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

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1961 Shall We Dance-Jack Jones, Kapp Records KS 3228 (Stereo)

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

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1962 Linger Awhile-Vic Damone-Capitol Records 1646Vic Damone-3

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-Tom Jobim-sessions 30 Jan-1 Feb 1967_2_t50d67

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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 Sinatra and Jobim-1967 Sinatra TV special-1-s1-d25

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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Dave Hirschman Trio, Pizza Lauretano, 19 September 2012 (1)-p50

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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Joe Divita and Philip Divita, Gruppo Nostra (1)

Gruppo Nostra — Joe DiVita and Philip DiVita, father and son duo from Churchville, PA — video published on 25 October 2013

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