Fly me to the moon - sinatra

Fly me to the moon – Wedding Songs – Today’s Song of the Day

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Fly me to the moon

Wedding Songs - Fly me to the moon

Wedding Songs – Fly me to the moon

Our thoughts: For me, it’s the swing that makes this song its best! I like the melody and harmony chords fine when it’s put to ballad styles, but the swing adds the fitting personality for me. Frank’s voice is great no matter what, but when his songs have a “kick” I feel like he’s untouchable! Crooners can’t compete with him with you factor in Frank’s attitude, and in my humble opinion, this version of the song I’ve pasted in the video below most perfectly embodies all Frank became ~ I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!! Give it a listen below and feel the swing swell up towards the end. If your foot isn’t tapping, then you may have been brainwashed by modern production… haha. Just give it a second listen and you’ll come around:) Sing and Dance! Live and let love!

Lyrics – Fly me to the moon

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars

In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby , kiss me

Fill my heart with song
and let me sing forever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing forever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you
In other words, I love you.

 

Here it is, our song of the day for the Wedding Songs series in this blog:) I hope you like it and I hope you email me more suggestions (alan@mannequintheband.com). I’d love to know what you think are the best wedding songs of the today or of those that are timeless ~

Facts and Info from Wikipedia:

Kaye Ballard made the first commercial recording of “In Other Words”. It was released by Decca in April 1954. A brief review published on 8 May 1954 in Billboard said that “In Other Words” was “A love song sung with feeling by Miss Ballard.” This recording was released as the flipside of “Lazy Afternoon” which Kaye Ballard was currently performing as star of the stage show The Golden Apple.

During the next few years jazz and cabaret singers released cover versions of “In Other Words” on EP or LP record albums including Chris Connor, Johnny Mathis, Portia Nelson and Nancy Wilson. Eydie Gormé featured the song on her 1958 album “Eydie In Love” which reached #20 in the Cashbox Album Charts and was nominated for a Grammy award.

1960 Peggy Lee recorded the song then made it more popular when she performed it in front of a large television audience on The Ed Sullivan Shgow. As the song’s popularity increased, it became better known as “Fly Me To The Moon” and in 1963 Peggy Lee convinced Bart Howard to make the name change official. In the early 1960s versions of the song were released under its new name by many well known singers, e.g., Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Brenda Lee. Connie Francis released two non-English versions of the song in 1963: in Italian as “Portami Con Te” and in Spanish as “Llévame A La Luna”.

In 1962 Joe Harnell arranged and recorded an instrumental version in a bossa nova style. It was released as a single in late 1962, reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963 and won Harnell a Grammy award. Harnell’s version was included on his album Fly Me To The Moon And The Bossa Nova Pops released in early 1963 which reached #3 stereo album on the Billboard 200 chart. Versions of the song were released by many other 1960s instrumental artists, e.g., Roy Haynes, Al Hirt and Oscar Peterson.

Frank Sinatra included the song on his 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing accompanied by Count Basie. The music for this album was arranged by Quincy Jones who had worked with Count Basie a year earlier on the album This Time By Basie which also included a version of “Fly Me To The Moon”. Will Friedwald comments that: “Jones boosted the tempo and put it into an even four/four” for Basie’s version but “when Sinatra decided to address it with the Basie/Jones combination they recharged it into a straight swinger… [which]…all but explodes with energy”.

Bart Howard estimated that by the time Frank Sinatra covered the song in 1964 more than 100 other versions had been recorded. By 1995 it had been recorded more than 300 times.

Frank Sinatra’s 1964 recording of “Fly Me To The Moon” became closely associated with NASA’s Apollo space program. A copy of the song was played on the Apollo 10 mission which orbited the Moon. It became “the first music ever heard on the Moon” when played on a portable cassette player by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin after he stepped onto the Moon. The song’s association with Apollo 11 was reprised many years later when Diana Krall sang it at the mission’s 40th anniversary commemoration ceremony. She also sang a “slow and solemn version” in 2012 at the national memorial service for Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong.

Credit goes to Wikipedia.

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