What music was used for the dance scenes at Gatsby's parties in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is one of the great novels in American literature, primarily because it so vividly depicts a specific period of American history. The 1920s, the setting for this novel, were known as the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, and the Gilded Age--and every one of these ideas is represented in Gatsby.

The 1974 film adaptation starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and the movie soundtrack was as authentic to the period as the costuming. Below is a link to a list of all the songs on the soundtrack, though not all of them were used during Gatsby's parties. Though Gatsby held many parties, only two were depicted in the film.

The music in those two party scenes includes "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue," Charleston, "I'm Gonna Charleston Back to Charleston," "What'll I Do," "Ain't We got Fun," "Beale Street Blues," "The Sheik of Araby," and "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby." Every song is not played in its entirety, but each tune is recognizable in these scenes. 


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