(I've Got) Beginner's Luck

"(I've Got) Beginner's Luck"
Song by Fred Astaire
B-side"They Can't Take That Away from Me"
Published1937 by Chappell & Co.
ReleasedApril 1937[1]
RecordedMarch 18, 1937
StudioLos Angeles, California
GenreJazz, Pop Vocal
LabelBrunswick 7855[2]
Composer(s)George Gershwin
Lyricist(s)Ira Gershwin
Fred Astaire singles chronology
"Never Gonna Dance"
"(I've Got) Beginner's Luck"
"They All Laughed"

"(I've Got) Beginner's Luck" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance, it was introduced by Fred Astaire.[3] It's a brief comic tap solo with cane where Astaire's rehearsing to a record of the number is cut short when the record gets stuck. Astaire's commercial recording for Brunswick (No. 7855) was very popular in 1937.[4]

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  1. ^ "Cover versions of They Can't Take That Away from Me by Fred Astaire with Johnny Green and His Orchestra | SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  2. ^ Fred Astaire – They Can't Take That Away From Me / Beginner's Luck (1937, Shellac), retrieved 2021-08-04
  3. ^ Gilbert, Steven E. (1995). The Music of Gershwin. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 6. ISBN 0300062338.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 37. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.