Lund celebrates the life and music of Astaire

Apr 18, 2017
Fred Astaire

Camden — Camden Public Library welcomes back Michael Lund of Serendipity Recordings to speak about the incomparable Fred Astaire — his life, music and dance — Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m.

Astaire was an actor, singer, choreographer and dancer extraordinaire. He starred in 35 musicals, eight non-musical movies and 15 television shows. The great George Gershwin was just one of many composers who wrote songs for Astaire to introduce, many of which went on to become classics.

Lund, who lives in Lincolnville, has delivered his illustrated music talks all over the United States and has brought a number of them to the library. He will play numerous recordings during the Astaire celebration — and there are many to choose from. Some of the songs Astaire introduced are “Night & Day,” “Cheek To Cheek,” “Let’s Face The Music & Dance,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “A Fine Romance,” “Lady Be Good,” “One For My Baby,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Top Hat,” “Change Partners & Dance,” “A Fine Romance,” “Fascinating Rhythm” and more.

Lund, a classically trained baritone, has sung and recorded the American Songbook with members of the original Tonight Show Band in New York City. He also has written pop songs, including one for Shirley Bassey; and wrote lyrics with composers Bee Walker and Richard Lane. As always, he will have personal anecdotes to share, including Mel Torme’s telling him Astaire was his favorite singer; and studio stories gleaned from a family member.

“My British cousin, who worked for United Artists, coordinated the last London sessions that Astaire made in 1975 — two solo albums, as well as the magnificent duet album Astaire made with Crosby,” said Lund.

He also will play extremely rare recordings from the 1920s, “when Fred Astaire’s dancing and singing partner was his sister Adele!”

In addition to the growing series of illustrated music talks, Lund has done radio commentary on commercial stations coast to coast including two-hour specials on WGBH-FM in Boston. He regularly writes music criticism for major record companies in the form of liner notes that accompany classic compact disc re-issues by legendary performers. And he has written seven books, published in English, Japanese and Braille.

The talk is free and all are welcome.

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