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Encyclopedia > That's Entertainment! (song)

"That's Entertainment!" is a popular song. Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... [[ For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ...


The music was written by Arthur Schwartz, the lyrics by Howard Dietz. The song was published in 1952, and was written specially for the 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film The Band Wagon. The song is performed a couple of times in the film by Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant, and India Adams (singing for Cyd Charisse). Arthur Schwartz photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Arthur Schwartz (November 25, 1900 - September 3, 1984) was an Jewish-American composer of popular music. ... Howard Dietz (September 8, 1896 - July 30, 1983) was an American lyric writer and librettist. ... See also: 1951 in music, other events of 1952, 1953 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Pierre Schaeffer publishes his A la recherche dune musique concrète (The Search for a Concrete Music), an explanation of his experimental approach to composing. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... The Band Wagon is a musical comedy film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1953, which tells the story of an aging musical star who wants to star in a Broadway play that will restart his career. ... Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... Jack Buchanan (April 2, 1891 - October 20, 1957) was a British actor and singer. ... Nanette Fabray (born October 27, 1920 in San Diego, California) is an American actress. ... Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 - August 14, 1972) was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and an actor, better known for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, than his music. ... Cyd Charisse Cyd Charisse is an American dancer and actress. ...


Since the movie, the song has become an anthem for Hollywood and theater in general, being used as an opening number in many shows. It is considered, alongside "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Hooray for Hollywood", entertainment's signature tune. Perhaps one of the most famous, and recognizable, show-tunes ever is Theres No Business Like Show Business. This Irving Berlin marvel was written for Annie Get Your Gun and has two reprises within the show. ... Hooray for Hollywood is a movie song first featured in the relatively obscure 1937 movie Hollywood Hotel and which has since became the staple soundtrack element of any Academy Awards ceremony. ...


MGM used the song title for its nostalgic series of films featuring clips from its golden musical age, as That's Entertainment!. The original 1974 release spawned two sequels in which the song was retained. This article is about the 1974 MGM documentary film. ...


In That's Entertainment, Part II, new lyrics were written for the song and performed by hosts Gene Kelly and Astaire. Thats Entertainment, Part II was a 1976 motion picture by MGM, and a sequel to the 1974 documentary, Thats Entertainment!. Like the previous film, Thats Entertainment, Part II was a retrospective of famous films released by MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s. ... Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. ...


 
 

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