The song of the day for Wednesday, November 5, 2014 is “Fly Me To The Moon.”
About This Song
“Fly Me To The Moon” was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. The song was originally titled “In Other Words,” but 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
This is the original version of “Fly Me To The Moon,” as referenced above. Other than the recording of this song from the MTV Unplugged concert in 1994, this is his only recording of “Fly Me To The Moon.” But how do you improve on perfection?
Tonight, I’ll be seeing Mr. Bennett in concert in Portland, Oregon at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. With any luck, he’ll put down his microphone and sing this song.
“Fly Me To The Moon,” as well as the album If I Ruled The World: Songs for The Jet Set, is available from iTunes.