4/3 Today in Weird Music History: 1955. Fred Astaire appeared on television for the first time on “The Toast of the Town,” with host, Ed Sullivan. Astaire’s performing career had begun 50 years earlier in and would continue until 1981; a 76 year career run spanning vaudeville, Broadway, radio, recordings, defining the American dance movie musical, television, animation, and dramatic acting. While he is remembered for all of his many contributions, many will remember him as the postman for the Rankin & Bass Christmas program, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
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