Today we kick off the first day of the Tony Bennett 90th Birthday Bash, Sunday, July 31, 2016 with “Fly Me To The Moon.”
About This Song
“Fly Me To The Moon” was originally titled “In Other Words,” and was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. With its original title the song was not doing that well, in spite of several recordings. In 1962, Howard renamed the song to “Fly Me To The Moon,” and the song began to catch on. Tony Bennett’s 1965 recording for If I Ruled The World was a big hit for Bennett. There have been many recordings of the song, including those by Frank Sinatra, Kaye Ballard and many more. However, Bart Howard told Bennett that his 1965 recording was “the definitive performance of this song.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Fly Me To The Moon” in 1965 for his album If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set. The arrangement is by Don Costa.
“Fly Me To The Moon,” as well as If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from iTunes.