Who recorded the song Magic Moon

Fly Me To The Moon

title

Fly me to the moon

Text & music

Bart Howard

Info

When the US space capsule "Apollo 11" landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, several billion people around the globe watched this unique and historical spectacle. In this way, they also witnessed the astronauts transmitting musical greetings to Earth by radio - they had taken a recording by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie with them especially for this purpose. The title was a perfect fit: Fly Me To The Moon.

The composer and songwriter Bart Howard (real name Howard Joseph Gustafson) wrote the song in 1954 and gave it the title "In Other Words". Felicia Sanders was the first to record it and achieved a remarkable chart success, which led to the fact that the piece was soon also sung by other interpreters.

The song only became an international hit in the version of the jazz singer Mabel Mercer (1900-1984), whose long-time friend and partner Bart Howard was, and who Frank Sinatra always counted among his most important artistic role models. "Actually, I essentially learned all of my interpretive art from Mabel Mercer," Sinatra once said in an interview. Mercer's version from 1960 was first changed to the title "Fly Me To The Moon".

Frank Sinatra then recorded the song in June 1964 for his reprise album "It Might As Well Be Swing" together with the Count Basie band, to an arrangement by Quincy Jones (= version # 1). It was this recording that was played from the moon five years later.

From then on, Sinatra and Basie had the piece in their joint concert repertoire on their tours in 1964, 1965 and 1966. In October 1965, the Hollywood Palace Show also broadcast it on television (= # 2), and on the recapitulation The album "Sinatra At The Sands" can be heard live together in January 1966 (= # 3). On the box set "Standing Room Only" the complete concert from January 28th, 1966 from The Sands in Las Vegas 2018 was officially released, where Sinatra sang this song.

In the summer of the same year, Sinatra recorded the song again, this time for his (only aired in December) CBS television show "A Man and His Music Part II" with Nelson Riddle (= # 4), who changed the arrangement slightly. Of course, the song could not be missing in Sinatra's TV special from 1969, the year of the moon landing, complete with Sinatra's tongue-in-cheek comment that the Apollo 11 astronauts had to find out to their surprise that he (Sinatra) had already been there before them (= # 5).

Sinatra sang the song in his "Retirement Concert" recorded by Reprise in 1971 in Los Angeles (= # 6) as well as in his first appearance after the comeback in 1973 at a gala in the White House (= # 7), also recorded by Reprise (= # 7), both times accompanied by Nelson Riddle. With small interruptions, the song stayed in Sinatra's concert programs until the end of his career in 1995, and the officially published or TV live versions are correspondingly numerous: Jerusalem 1975 (# 8), Buenos Aires 1981 (# 9), Tokyo 1985 ("Sinatra in Japan", # 10), Milan 1986 (# 11), four concerts of the 1987 Italian tour (# 12 ad) and Fukuoka 1994 ("Frank Sinatra In Japan", # 14), Sinatra's last big concert. He also sang the song again on his very last appearance at the Palm Springs Golf Tournament in February 1995.

In October 1993, another studio recording of Sinatra was made at Capitol for the "Duets" project. From this recording two different duets were produced and officially released: On “Duets II” a version with Antonio Carlos Jobim was released, who also contributed a new instrumental intro (# 13a). This was also Jobim's last record (his parts were recorded in the late summer of 1994); he died just a few weeks later. For Sinatra's studio recording from 1993 George Strait also played a duet part, which came out on a maxi single and on Strait's album "Strait Out Of The Box" (# 13b).

© Bernhard Vogel for Sinatra - The Main Event

translation

FLY ME TO THE MOON
(Fly me to the moon)

Fly me to the moon
Let me play between the stars
Let me see like spring
is 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
You're everything I've longed for
All that I adore and adore
In other words, please be honest
In other words i love you
Fill my heart with song
And let me sing forever
You're everything I've longed for
All that I adore and adore
In other words, please be honest
In other words i love you

Translation: V. Kroniger
http://www.the-main-event.de

Discography:

(1) REPRISE STUDIO RECORDING from 9.6.1964
recorded in Hollywood, United Recordings Studio
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Count Basie & His Orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones
Album / CD: It Might As Well Be Swing (Reprise)
(2) "The Hollywood Palace Show" (ABC TV) from October 16, 1965
recorded in Hollywood, Hollywood Palace Soundstage
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Count Basie & His Orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones
CD: The Television Years (Bravura), The ABC Sessions (Spin-O-Rama)
(3) REPRISE LIVE RECORD from January 28, 1966
recorded in Las Vegas, The Sands Hotel & Casino, Copa Room
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Count Basie & His Orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones
Album / CD: Sinatra At The Sands (Reprise)
(4) "A Man and His Music Part 2" (CBS TV) from December 7, 1966
recorded on June 5th, 1966 in Burbank / CA
Arrangement: Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle
Orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle
Video / Laserdisc / DVD (Warner)
(5) "Sinatra" (CBS TV) from November 5, 1969
recorded in Burbank / CA [date not documented]
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Don Costa
Video / Laserdisc / DVD (Warner)
(6) REPRISE LIVE RECORD from June 13, 1971
recorded in Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theater ("The Retirement Concert")
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle
OFFICIALLY UNPUBLISHED
Video (VH1-Broadcast) / CD: The Concert Collection (Streppie)
(7) REPRISE LIVE RECORDING from April 17, 1973
recorded in Washington DC, White House, East Ballroom
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle
OFFICIALLY UNPUBLISHED
CD: The White House Concert (John Ridgway Records)
(8) ARTANIS LIVE RECORD from November 27, 1975
recorded in Jerusalem, Binyanei Ha’omah
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Bill Miller
CD: The Jerusalem Concert (Artanis / TRAMA, officially only released in Brazil)
(9) “La Voz en Argentina” (South American TV) from August 10, 1981
Live broadcast from Buenos Aires, Luna Park
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Vincent Falcone Jr.
Video recording of the TV show
(10) WARNER LIVE RECORDING from April 18, 1985
recorded in Tokyo, Budokan, for the TV special "Sinatra In Japan" (broadcast on April 26, 1985 on Japanese TV)
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Joe Parnello
Video / Laserdisc / DVD "Sinatra In Japan" (Warner)
(11) RAI LIVE RECORDING from September 27, 1986
recorded in Milan, Palatrussardi
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Bill Miller
Video: "The Voice-The Event" (video event)
(12a-d) LIVE RAI footage from June 1987
recorded by Italian television for the special "Sinatra In Italy"
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Bill Miller
(12a) Bari, Teatro Petruzelli, June 16, 1987
(12b) Rome, Palauer, June 17, 1987
(12c) Verona, Arena, June 20, 1987
(12d) Genoa, Palazzo di Sport, June 24, 1987
All versions on video and CD (officially unreleased)
(13 a-b) CAPITOL STUDIO RECORDING from October 12, 1993
Sinatra and Orchestra recorded in Hollywood, Capitol Tower
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Patrick Williams
(13a) Duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim
Jobim's vocals recorded on August 12th, 1994, new intro recorded on September 19-20, 1994
Album / CD: Duets II (Capitol)
(13b) Duet with George Strait
Vocals by George Strait recorded on May 24th, 1994
Album / CD: George Strait - Strait Out Of The Box (Capitol)
(14) "Sinatra In Japan" (Japanese TV) from December 20, 1994
recorded in Fukuoka / Japan, Fukuoka Dome, for the TV special "Frank Sinatra in Japan" (broadcast on January 13, 1995 on Japanese TV)
Arrangement: Quincy Jones
Orchestra conducted by Frank Sinatra jr.
Video recording of the TV show
CD: Sayonara from Fukuoka Dome (Lucca & Lucca)