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On Fridays He's Fred Astaire

[Clive Gregson]

Clive Gregson sang his own song Fred Astaire in 1999 on his Fellside album Happy Hour.

Norma Waterson covered this song as On Fridays He's Fred Astaire in the same year on her second solo album, The Very Thought of You. A live recording from the Union Chapel in November 2010 was released in the following year on the DVD and CD The Gift Band Live on Tour. Norma commented in her original album's liner notes:

With two exceptions the songs are in pairs, and each has a story attached. Those stories range from childhood memories evoked by Fred Astaire of twice a week visits to the cinema with what seems like my entire family set alongside the fantasies indulged by an ordinary man to mask the drudgery of his daily life, to the regret of Al Bowlly's in Heaven for his premature death in an air raid contrasting to the pain of returning from war to the disappointment of peace.

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