The song of the day for Saturday, July 22, 2017 is “Fly Me To The Moon.”
About This Song
“If I Ruled The World” was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. It was originally titled “In Other Words,” but 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
Today I’m featuring that definitive 1965 version of “If I Ruled The World” from 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.
For our Saturday video, here’s Tony singing today’s song on his 1994 appearance on MTV Unplugged.