The song of the day for Sunday, February 17, 2019, is “Fly Me to the Moon.”
About This Song
“Fly Me To The Moon” 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
Tony Bennett recorded “Fly Me to the Moon” in 1965 for his album If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set (which is, I think, the first Tony Bennett that my parents bought for a new stereo). Don Costa did a lovely arrangement.
Fly Me To The Moon, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“Fly Me to the Moon,” as well as If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from iTunes.