The song of the day for Thursday, June 1, 2017 is “Fly Me To The Moon.”
About This Song
“Fly Me To The Moon” was written by Bart Howard in 1954. 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
Tony Bennett recorded “Fly Me To The Moon” in 1965 for his album If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set.
“Fly Me To The Moon,” as well as If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from iTunes.
Today we celebrate composer Bart Howard, who wrote today’s song. This original recording from 1965 is truly outstanding. But for me, the greatest performances I’ve heard from Mr. Bennett are his singing this song at the end of many of his concerts, with just Gray Sargent on guitar and no microphone. It’s breathtaking and sends chills down my back every time.
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