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Tribute to Fred Astaire: Fred Astaire the Singer.

Today marks the Centennial of Fred Astaire's birthday. First, we'll hear from Will Friedwald on Astaire's singing ability. He says while Astaire didn't have the best voice, he was still wonderful to listen to. Friedwald is author of several books on Singers including: The Tony Bennett autobiography "The Good Life," "Sinatra! The Song is You: A Singer's Art," and "Jazz Singing :America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond"




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Other segments from the episode on May 10, 1999

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 10, 1999: Interview with Will Friedwald; Interview with Peter Mintun; Interview with Stanley Donen.


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