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Song Story: Moonlight Becomes You

Moonlight Becomes You was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and the lyrics were written by Johnny Burke. The song was originally written for the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movie Road to Morocco in 1942. In the film, Crosby serenades the princess underneath the palace balcony.  The song is reprised throughout the film to provide Read More

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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