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A FINE ROMANCE From the film "Swing Time" (1936) (Music: Jerome Kern / Lyrics: Dorothy Fields) Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire (Film Soundtrack) - 1936 Rudy Valleé & His Connecticut Yankees - 1936 Fred Astaire ( with Johnny Green & His Orch.) - 1936 Billie Holiday & Her Orch. - 1936 Henry King & His Orch. (vocal: Joe Sudy) - 1936 Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal: Carmen Lombardo) - 1936 Bing Crosby & Dixie Lee (with Victor Young's Orch.) - 1936 The Connecticut Collegians - 1936 Jay Wilbur & His Band (vocal: Sam Costa) - 1936 Henry Hall & The BBC Dance Orch. (vocal: Dan Donovan) - 1936 Roy Fox & His Orch. (vocal: Denny Dennis) - 1936 Ambrose & His Orch. (vocal: Sam Browne) - 1936 Johnny Mercer & Martha Tilton - 1947 Peggy Lee (Radio Transcript) - 1948 Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae - 1955 Joe Williams with Count Basie & His Orch. - 1956 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - 1957 Mel Tormé - 1958 Diahann Carroll - 1958 Jennie Smith - 1959 Margaret Whiting - 1960 Eydie Gorme & Steve Lawrence - 1961 Frank Sinatra - 1961 Ella Fitzgerald - 1963 Lena Horne - 1966 Mark Murphy - 1977 Nancy Harrow - 1979 Judi Dench - 1981 Susannah McCorkle - 1986 Mary Coughlan - 1993 Kiri Ti Kanawa - 1993 Jaye P. Morgan & Kaye Ballard - 1996 Ann Hampton Calloway - 1996 Rebecca Kilgore - 2010 Karen Mok - 2013 INSTRUMENTAL RECORDINGS: Geraldo & His Orch. - 1936 Les Brown & His Orch. - 1950 Marian McPartland - 1955 Dave Brubeck Quartet- 1955 Benny Goodman Sextet - 1956 Ray Martin & His Piccadilly Strings - 1956 Lawrence Welk & His Orch. - 1957 Malcolm Lockyer Quartet - 1957 Ian Stewart - 1957 Ted Heath & His Music - 1959 Tony Kinsman & His Orch. - 1959 Paul Weston & His Orch. - 1960 Oscar Peterson - 1961 Peter Duchin, His Piano & Orch. - 1963 Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grapelli - 1973 Also recorded by: Victor Feldman; Dorothy Fields; Emma Francis; Erroll Garner; Greta Keller; Beverly Kenney; Julius LaRosa; Barbara Lea; Christina Lind; Cathy Winter; Wingy Manone & His Orch.; Dave McKenna; Sylvia McNair & André Previn; The Cliff Adams Singers; Ray Anthony Orch.; Shelly Burns; Barbara Carroll; Van Craven; Buddy DeFranco; Joe Derise; Michael Feinstein; Kenny Burrell; Bobby Rydell; Skinnerhead; Stacey Kent ......... and many others. As performed by GINGER ROGERS and FRED ASTAIRE in the 1936 film "Swing Time": GINGER ROGERS: A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend, this is We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes A fine romance, you won't nestle A fine romance, you won't wrestle I've never mussed a crease in your blue serge pants I never had the chance This is a fine romance A fine romance, my good fellow You take romance, I'll take jello You're calmer than the seals in the Arctic Ocean At least they flap their fins to express emotion A fine romance, with no quarrels With no insults, and all morals You're just as hard to land as the Ile de France I never get the chance This is a fine romance FRED ASTAIRE: A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend, this is True love should have the thrills that a healthy crime has We don't have half the thrills that "The March of Time" has A fine romance, with no clinches A fine romance, with no pinches You never give the orchids I send a glance No, you like cactus plants This is a fine romance ******************** As recorded by FRED ASTAIRE with Johnny Green & His Orchestra: A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend, this is We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes A fine romance, you won't nestle A fine romance, you won't wrestle You're just as hard to land as the Ile de France I haven't got a chance This is a fine romance (Instrumental Break) A fine romance, my good woman My strong aged-in-the-wood woman You're calmer than the seals in the Arctic Ocean As least they flap their fins to express emotion A fine romance with no clinches A fine romance, with no pinches You never give the orchids I send a glance No, you like cactus plants This is a fine romance Oh boy, what a romance! Hmm! ******************** As recorded by ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG: ELLA: A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend, this is We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes A fine romance, you won't nestle A fine romance, you won't wrestle I might as well play bridge with my old maid Aunts I haven't got a chance This is a fine romance LOUIS: Yes, a fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend, this is We two should be like clams in a dish of chowder But we just fizz like parts of a Seidlitz powder Yes, a fine romance with no clinches A fine romance, with no pinches You're just as hard to land as the Ile de France I haven't got a chance This is a fine romance ELLA: A fine romance, my good fellow You take romance and I'll take jello You're calmer than the seals in the Arctic Ocean At least they flap their fins to express emotion A fine romance with no quarrels With no insults and all morals I've never mussed a crease in your blue serge pants I never get the chance This is a fine romance LOUIS: Yes, a fine romance, my dear Duchess Two old fogies who need crutches True love should have the thrills that a healthy crime has Oh, we don't have the thrills that "The March of Time" has Bah-dab-ooh-day A fine romance, my good woman My strong aged-in-the-wood woman You never give the orchids I send a glance No, you like cactus plants, hah-hah This is a fine romance A fine romance, my dear Duchess Two old fogies who need crutches ELLA: True love should have the thrills that a healthy crime has You know, Louis, we don't have half the thrills that "The March of Time" has LOUIS: You're tellin' me, a fine romance, my very good woman My strong aged-in-the-wood woman You never give the orchids I send a glance, yeah ELLA: No, I prefer cactus plants BOTH: This is a fine romance (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2016)

    


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