The song that is playing at Miss Patty’s while Rory and Dean, then Lorelai and Christopher, dance together.
The Way You Look Tonight was written by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and first sung by Fred Astaire in the 1936 musical film, Swing Time. The song went to #1 in 1936, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The song has often been successfully covered. The version Miss Patty plays is the best known and most popular – the 1964 version by Frank Sinatra, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. It’s on the album Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners.