About A Song

I couldn’t feature the Moon for a month without mentioning a song (or two).  

The first to spring to mind every time I think about a Blue Moon is the song, Blue Moon.  (Funny that, isn’t it?)

According to Wikipedia (and we all know how accurate Wiki is), Blue Moon was a hit twice in 1949 – first for Billy Eckstine and then for Mel Tormé.

But it wasn’t until 1961 that it became an international number-one hit for The Marcels, and while I thought their version was the one stuck in my head, after listening to several versions over the past 48 hours, I feel confident it’s the 1963 version by Australian band, The Deltones.

Check out this suave ‘Boy Band’.  This clip makes me smile every time I play it 🙂

Many famous crooners have put their own spin on, what I believe is, a very recognisable song.  From Frank Sinatra to Billie Holiday (I love Billie’s version too), as well as Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, The Platters, and The Supremes – just to mention a few.

According to SecondHandSongs, there have been 430 versions released. (Wow!).  Do you have a favourite version?

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Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1933, under the title Prayer, the song was also known as Prayer/Blue Moon (and It’s just that kind of a play), then The Bad in Every Man before finally the fourth lyric set was Blue Moon as we know it.

Prayer was never recorded, but the third iteration, The Bad in Every Man, appeared in the movie Manhattan Melodrama (1934), and was sung by Shirley Ross.

Yesterday was the first time I’d heard this.

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And because YouTube windows are not square, here’s my square photo.

June 18, 2017 – this photo was taken at 7:06 am

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This is my next entry in my Blue Moon Squares as part of Becky’s ‘Blue’ Square in July photo challenge.

Stayed tuned for more songs featuring the Moon – there is a lot out there, but I’ll just share those I gravitate towards.

Here are the lyrics as written by Rodgers and Hart.

Blue moon,
you saw me standing alone
without a dream in my heart
without a love on my own.

Blue moon,
you knew just what I was there for
you heard me saying a prayer for
somebody I really could care for.

And then there suddenly appeared before me,
the only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper, “Please adore me.”
and when I looked,
the moon had turned to gold.

Blue moon,
now I’m no longer alone
without a dream in my heart
without a love on my own.

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

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