He wrote the lyrics for more than 500 songs mostly in collaboration with composer Arthur Schwartz. Dietz was the director of ASCAP from 1959 to 1961, and wrote an autobiography, "Dancing in the Dark" in 1974.
Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan . Many of them never had a soundtrack album to begin with, and others, like The Band Wagon did, only in a shortened version.
Its songs are incredible classics by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz and its superb dance sequences were choregraphed by Michael Kidd. With Vincent Minnelli in the director's chair and Arthur Freed producing, this is the quintessential movie musical team. It begins with two numbers by Astaire, who plays Tony Hunter, a fading movie star returning to New York for a musical on Broadway. Fabray and Levant introduce Astaire to Jack Buchanan, who plays a very successful Broadway director, perhaps based on Jose Ferrer. Buchanan is English and a very fine veteran hoofer and he and Astaire don top hat and tails and walking sticks to do a perfect version of "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan. Again, Buchanan cedes no ground to Astaire, who, as always, is generous to a fault.
Dancing in the Dark" is a popular American song, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, that was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby on August 19, 1931 with Studio Orchestra directed by Victor Young, staying on the pop charts for six weeks, peaking at and helping to make it a lasting standard
He wrote the lyrics for more than 500 songs mostly in collaboration with composer Arthur Schwartz.
The Band Wagon is a 1953 American musical-comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway show will restart his career. However, the play's director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of the Faust legend and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star
Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon (1953). Set during the dawn of talking pictures, Singin’ in the Rain starred Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Jean Hagen. Ms. Charisse appeared in only one of the movie’s many indelible dance sequences, but one was enough. During the Broadway Melody Ballet, opposite Kelly, she was both sultry vamp and diaphanous dream girl. A year later, The Band Wagon brought Ms. Charisse her first leading role.
|1||–Fred Astaire||By Myself|
|2||–MGM Studio Orch*||Penny Arcade (Shine On Your Shoes - Intro)|
|3||–Fred Astaire||A Shine On Your Shoes|
|4||–Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant||That's Entertainment|
|5||–MGM Studio Orch*||Is It All A Dream (La Femme Rouge)|
|6||–Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant||I Love Louisa|
|7||–MGM Studio Orch*||Dancing In The Dark|
|8||–India Adams & Chorus*||New Sun In The Sky|
|9||–Fred Astaire & Jack Buchanan||I Guess I Have To Change My Plan|
|10||–MGM Studio Orch*||You And The Night And The Music|
|11||–Nanette Fabray & Chorus*||Louisiana Hayride|
|12||–MGM Studio Orch*||Sweet Music|
|13||–Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray & Jack Buchanan||Triplets|
|14||–MGM Studio Orch*||Something To Remember You By|
|15||–MGM Studio Orch* Narrated By Fred Astaire||The Girl Hunt Ballet|
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