Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
The song title refers to the formal wear required on a party invitation: top hat, white tie, and a tailcoat. Popular recordings in 1935 were by Fred Astaire and by Ray Noble and his Orchestra (vocal by Al Bowlly and The Freshmen).
Other notable recordingsEdit
- The Boswell Sisters recorded the song on October 8, 1935 for Decca Records.
- Carroll Gibbons with the Savoy Orpheans (1935) 
- Fred Astaire included the song in the album The Astaire Story (1952)
- Mel Tormé included the song in the album Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire (1956)
- Louis Armstrong - for his album Louis Under the Stars (1958)
- Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook (1958)
- Fred Astaire recorded the song again in 1975 and it can be found on the album "The Complete London Sessions".
- Tony Bennett - Steppin' Out (1993)
- Cherry Poppin' Daddies – The Boop-A-Doo (2016)
In Episode 1 of the ninth season of M*A*S*H, "The Best of Enemies", the character Hawykeye is singing "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" in the first scene.
In a 1982 episode of Three's Company, Jack dances to the song while drunk at a party, and knocks things over as he does so.
The song is performed in 1989's Secret Policeman's Third Ball by comedian/satirist Willie Rushton, accompanied by Richard Vranch on piano, with Rushton dressing according to the lyrics of the song, noting that the lyrics neglect to mention the donning of trousers.
In the 1995 film Batman Forever, the character Edward Nigma sings a brief parody of "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" using the lyrics "I'm, sucking up your I.Q., vacuuming your cortex, feeding off your brain."
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