Blue Moon

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The song, Blue Moon is a classic american song with an interesting history. Composed in 1933 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Blue Moon was originally entitled "Prayer" and intended to be sung by Jean Harlow in the MGM film, The Hollywood Revue of 1933

However, due to budget constraints that film was never made, and the song in it's original form was never released. The following year in 1934, MGM used the song (Hart wrote new lyrics) in the film Manhattan Melodrama. Once released, the song went on great success, even topping the Billboard Charts in 1949 when recorded by Mel Torme.

Episode Playlist:

Frank Sinatra - I Only Have Eyes for You - Frank Sinatra & Count Basie

Stacey Kent - The Best Is Yet to Come - The Boy Next Door

The Hi-Lo's - Skylark - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Dinah Washington - I'll Close My Eyes - Jazz 'Round Midnight

Paul McCartney - More I Cannot Wish You - Kisses On The Bottom

Diana Krall - All Or Nothing At All - Love Scenes

Frank Sinatra - A Fine Romance - Ring-A-Ding Ding!

Miles Davis - A Gal in Calico - The Musings of Miles

Sarah Vaughan - Don't Look at Me that Way - Sings Broadway:Great Songs from Hit Shows

David Allyn - All In Fun - Sings Jerome Kern/In The Blue of the Evening

Mel Torme - I Love To Watch The Moonlight - Lulu's Back In Town

Jessica Molaskey - I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Pentimento

Dave McKenna - I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan - Dancing In The Dark

Billie Holiday - Any Old Time - Begin the Beguine

John Pizzarelli - Better Luck Next Time - I Like Jersey Best

Judy Garland - Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries - Judy/Judy in Love

Tony Bennett – Experiment - Life Is Beautiful

Rosemary Clooney - A Touch of the Blues - Jazz Singer

Carmen McRae - Something To Live For - Here To Stay

Zoot Sims - Isn't It A Pity? - Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers

Caetano Veloso – Always - A Forgeign Sound

Frank Sinatra - Everything Happens To Me - Close To You And More

Wesla Whitfield - This Can't Be Love - With A Song In My Heart

Lee Wiley - A Woman's Intuition - Night In Manhattan with Lee Wiley

Lee Wiley - A Woman's Intuition - Night In Manhattan with Lee Wiley

Dinah Shore - If I Had You - Dinah Sings, Previn Plays

Fred Astaire - Lovely To Look At - The Astaire Story

Ella Fitzgerald - She's Funny That Way - Ella Swings Gently with Nelson

Bill Charlap - I Can't Get Started - I'm Old Fashioned

Beverly Kenney - Can't Get Out of this Mood - Sings with Jimmy Jones & the Basie-ites

Mel Torme - Autumn In New York - Songs of New York

Jimmy Dorsey – Tangerine - American Songbook Series: Johnny Mercer

Frank Sinatra - Star! - Sinatra Sings the Songs of Van Heusen and Cahn

Nancy LaMott - My Foolish Heart - My Foolish Heart

Frank Sinatra - Love Isn't Just for the Young - The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

Carmen McRae - Love Is A Simple Thing - Here To Stay

Sarah Vaughan - Through The Years - After Hours

Ray Charles - Willow Weep For Me - Standards

Eydie Gorme - Day By Day - Eydie Gorme/Love Is A Season

Stan Getz - There's A Small Hotel - The Jazz Giants Play Rodgers & Hart

Tony Bennett - The Two Lonely People - Together Again

Cyrille Aimee - I'm Beginning to See the Light - Live At Smalls

Joe Williams - Young at Heart - The Heart And Soul of Joe Williams and George Shearing

Beverly Kenney - You Go To My Head - Come Swing With Me

Peggy Lee – Fever - Sentimental Journey:Pop Vocal Classics, Vol 4 (1954-1959)

The Meltones - What Is This Thing Called Love - Back in Town

Helen Carr - I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin' - Helen Carr: The Complete Bethlehem Collection

Frank Sinatra - Nice 'n' Easy - The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Frank Sinatra - It Started All Over Again - I Remember Tommy

Frank Sinatra - It Happened In Monterey - Songs for Swingin' Lovers

Frank Sinatra - How Little We Know - The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Frank Sinatra - Oh, You Crazy Moon - The Reprise Collection


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Comments [1]

paul innis from Cape Cod/St Pete Florida

great to discover the Jonathan Channel ! As a fan who have read your books, shares your year of birth, your love of the Red Sox, your terrific anecdotes , and the music from the best composers and lyricists, I felt lost when you were no longer on Sirius radio. Thank you for all your contributions for keeping the songbook alive !

Jan. 23 2014 09:57 AM

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