Song Story: Moonlight Sonata

Beethoven’s The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2 is popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata. Ludwig Van Beethoven, the popular Classical/Romantic era composer, completed the piece in 1801. In 1802, he dedicated the piece to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. Guicciardi was an Austrian countess.  Beethoven became Read More

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Song Story: Bunny Hop

In honor of Easter, I thought we’d take a look at the upbeat, dance craze Bunny Hop. The Bunny Hop is a novelty dance created at Balboa High School in San Francisco in 1952. The song was a vocal hit in 1952 and instrumentally re-recorded around 1958. The song has been released by other artists Read More

Song Story: Moonlight Mood

Moonlight Mood is another song on Moonlight Sinatra.  There is also a song known as In a Moonlight Mood, but I’ve not been able to conclusively determine if they are the same song or not.  The song was written by Peter De Rose and Harold Adamson. Sony Music published the song in 1942. Sinatra recorded Read More

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Song Story: There’s Honey on the Moon Tonight

There’s Honey on the Moon Tonight is another song I’d not heard of before. The music was written by Fred Coots and the lyrics by Haven Gillespie and Mack Davis. The song may have been written around 1938, considering all publications I found happened in that year. The song was performed by Vincent Lopez, Fats Read More

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Song Story: Carolina Moon

Carolina Moon is a popular song written by Joe Burke and Benny Davis in 1924. Gene Austin first recorded the song in 1928, in which it spent seven weeks at #1. In 1958, Connie Francis father recommended she record the song Carolina Moon.  She spent six weeks #1 on the UK Singles Chart. Others to Read More

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Song Story: Blue Moon of Kentucky

Blue Moon of Kentucky was written in 1946 by Bill Monroe, a bluegrass musician.  Bill Monroe recorded the song and released it in early 1947.  The popularity of the song spread and it became a huge hit. Elvis Presley recorded the song with Sun Records in 1954.  Scotty Moore recalled, “We all of us knew Read More

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Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s take a look at another popular Irish song. “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)” was made popular by Bing Crosby in the 1940s, however it’s origins date back much farther than that. In reality, “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)” is not an Irish song, but an Irish-American song. “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral Read More

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Song Story: Moon Love

While working on this series of moon songs, I came across Moon Love.  Although a huge Sinatra fan, I’d not heard this song before.  I’m so glad I came across the song. Moon Love made it’s way onto Frank Sinatra‘s album, Moonlight Sinatra. The song was based on Tchaikovsky’s Souvenier d’un lieu cher for violin Read More

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Song Story: Oh, You Crazy Moon

  Oh, You Crazy Moon is a jazz standard written by Jimmy Van Heusen.  The lyrics were written by Johnny Burke. The song was recorded by Mel Torme in 1960 and Frank Sinatra in 1965. I was unable to find any additional information on the song.

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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