The song of the day for Saturday, November 21, 2015 is “Fly Me To The Moon.”
About This Song
“Fly Me To The Moon,” written in 1954, 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
Tony Bennett first recorded “Fly Me To The Moon” in 1965 for his wonderful album If I Ruled The World: Songs For The Jet Set. It was arranged by Don Costa. This recording is perfect: really, really perfect. Some lucky people get to hear him sing it a cappella at the end of concerts, which is quite a thrill.
“Fly Me To The Moon,” as well as If I Ruled The World: Songs For The Jet Set, is available from iTunes.
Once again it’s Saturday and once again we have video, featuring today’s song. Mr. Bennett is accompanied by violinist Joel Smirnoff.