On Moonlight Bay

On Moonlight Bay is a popular song of the 20th Century.  The best known version is the one by Doris Day.

We were sailing alone on Moonlight Bay
We were sailing alone on Moonlight Bay

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 Wenrich, who wrote songs such as “If It’s Good Enough for Washington It’s Good Enough for Me”, “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose”, and Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet”.

On Moonlight Bay has become a popular Barbershop Quartet song.

In 1951, a movie On Moonlight Bay featuring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae was released.  Day’s version is the most popular of this song.  The duo returned two years later for a sequel, By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

The Beatles released a recording on their 1995 anthology.


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