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Song Story: Moonlight Serenade

Moonlight Serenade is an American swing ballad composed by Glenn Miller. The song evolved from a 1935 of a song titled “Now I Lay Me Down to Weep”. The song was first released in May 1939 by the Glenn Miller orchestra an instrumental arrangement and became an immediate phenomenon. Mitchell Parish would go on to Read More

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Song Story: Moon River

Moon River is best remembered for Audrey Hepburn’s rendition in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The song was written for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and set to fit Hepburn’s vocal range. It is suggested that a movie executive with Paramount Pictures suggested removing the song from the movie, but Hepburn highly objected. The song was composed Read More

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Unforgettable

Unforgettable was written by Irving Gordon and published in 1951. Gordon actually conceived of the title being “Uncomparable”, however the music publishing company requested the name be changed to “Unforgettable.” The most popular version of the song is by the legendary Nat King Cole.  His arrangement was written by Nelson Riddle.  He initially recorded the Read More

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon

By the Light of the Silvery Moon is another popular song from the early 20th Century.  It was first published in 1909. The lyrics were written by Edward Madden, who wrote On Moonlight Bay. The composer was Gus Edwards, who also wrote songs such as  “I Can’t Tell You Why I Love You but I Read More

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On Moonlight Bay

On Moonlight Bay is a popular song of the 20th Century.  The best known version is the one by Doris Day. The song was first published in 1912.  The lyrics were written by Edward Madden, an American lyricist who wrote songs such as What Could Be Sweeter? And Red Rose Rag. The composer was Percy Read More

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Shine On Harvest Moon

Shine On Harvest Moon is another popular song from the early 1900s.  This is a favorite when I go to the nursing home to sing. The song is credited to Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, a married Vaudeville team.   This was another song that was among the moon-related songs of the Tin Pan Alley era, Read More

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Sleepy Time Gal

I became familiar with Sleepy Time Gal from a rerun of Petticoat Junction, in which Steve Elliott sings the song to his baby daughter. Sleepy Time Gal was originally published in 1925. The lyrics were written by Raymond B. Egan and Joseph Alden.  The music was written by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo. The Read More

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Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. The song was first recorded by Doyle O’Dell in 1948. The following year the song was popularized by Ernest Tubb.  His version appeared at #1 on the Billboard magazine’s Country & Western Chart in the first week of January 1950.  His country version included Read More

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks.  Marks had already written other Christmas hits such as Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  An instrumental version of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree appears on the TV special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which featured Marks music. The Read More

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is a Christmas song written by British songwriter, Tommie Connor. The fun song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store’s Christmas Card that year.  The original sketch on the Christmas card was drawn by Perry Barlow, an artist for The New Yorker. Thirteen-year-old, Jimmy Boyd, originally Read More