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Nicholas Brothers in 'Stormy Weather' | The Movie Musical Performance Fred Astaire Called the Greatest He'd Ever Seen

Nicholas Brothers in 'Stormy Weather' | The Movie Musical Performance Fred Astaire Called the Greatest He'd Ever Seen

We pulled a few muscles just watching this performance.

The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold, are considered by many to be the most talented tap dancers of their day. Together they became virtuosos of the jazz and dance scene during the height of the Harlem Renaissance before going on to have prominent show business careers performing on stage, film, and television well into the 1990s.

The performance highlighted below, as seen in the musical number "Jumpin' Jive" with Cab Calloway and his orchestra, featured in the 1943 movie ‘Stormy Weather,’ is considered by many to be the most virtuosic dance display of all time … and the movie musical sequence Fred Astaire called “the greatest he’d ever seen.” Be sure to stick around until at least 2:22 of the video when their routine really gets crazy.

With Cab Calloway leading his band in Jumpin' Jive, the Nicholas Brothers perform this tap routine in 1943's Stormy Weather. It was described by Fred Astaire as the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.
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