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Song Story: Fly Me to the Moon

Close your eyes and it’s not hard to hear Frank Sinatra singing, Fly Me to the Moon. Fly Me to the Moon was originally titled In Other Words. The song was written by Bart Howard in 1954.  Later that year, Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song. Howard, who had been pursuing music Read More

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Song Story: Au Clair de Lune

The title means “By the Light of the Moon”.  The song was written by French composer Claude Debussy. The songs originate from his Suite bergamasque piano suites written around 1890.  They were not published until around 1905.  Today, Claire de Lune is the most popular of these piano suites. Another title is Au Claire de Lune, Read More

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Song Story: Mr. Moonlight

Mr. Moonlight is a song recorded by the Beatles. This is not one of their better received songs. The original version was released by a Blues group called Dr. Feelgood and The Interns in 1962. The song was written by Roy Lee Johnson, a guitarist with The Interns.

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Song Story: Moonlight in Vermont

Moonlight in Vermont is a popular song about the state of Vermont. The song was published in 1944 by John Blackburn {wrote lyrics} and Karl Suessdorf {wrote music}. Margaret Whiting introduced the song in 1944. John Blackburn, the lyricist, has been quoted as saying, “After completing the first 12 bars of the lyric, I realized Read More

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Song Story: The Moon got In My Eyes

The Moon got In My Eyes was written by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnson. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra both recorded the song. The song appears on Sinatra’s Moonlight Sinatra.  

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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

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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