Let's Face the Music and Dance

"Let's Face the Music and Dance" is a song written in 1936 by Irving Berlin for the film Follow the Fleet, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire and featured in a celebrated dance duet with Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It is also used in Pennies from Heaven, where Astaire's voice is lip-synched by Steve Martin, and in a celebrated Morecambe and Wise sketch involving newsreader Angela Rippon.[1][2]

In the 1990s, Nat 'King' Cole's version was used in a famous advert for Allied Dunbar; in response to this (and to the song's use by Torvill and Dean in the 1994 Winter Olympics) this version was reissued and reached number 30 in the UK charts in March 1994.[3]

The song has been recorded by a plethora of artists.[4] Hit versions in 1936 were by Fred Astaire and by Ted Fio Rito & His Orchestra (vocal by Stanley Hickman). [5] Ella Fitzgerald included this song in her landmark Verve Records release: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook.

In 2014, Scottish singer Todd Gordon recorded a duet with New York-based jazz singer Sunny Kim included on the album Love dot com. In 2018, it appeared in (and gave its title to) an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.bobthebrit.net/entertainment/morecambe-and-wise/
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Nat-King-Cole-Lets-Face-The-Music/release/1548489
  3. ^ Official Charts website - UK Singles Chart for the week of 13-19 March 1994
  4. ^ "Secondhandsongs.com". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 539. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  6. ^ "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Soundtrack - S2E6: Let's Face the Music and Dance". tunefind. Retrieved 12 January 2020.