It’s Only a Paper Moon (needs repair)


It’s Only a Paper Moon (m. Harold Arlen, w. E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose) was written originally for an unsuccessful Broadway play called The Great Magoo, set in Coney Island. It was subsequently used in the movie Take a Chance, in 1933. But its lasting fame stems from a series of recordings of the song by popular artists such as the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, the Nat King Cole Trio, and Ella Fitzgerald, and from its use as a vehicle for improvisation by many jazz musicians – from Wikipedia, adapted


Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, vocal: Peggy Healy, 1933


Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) , 1933

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Benny Goodman & his Orchestra, vocal by Dorothy “Dottie” Reid 1945, #10 on Billboard chart


Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys, 1945 release  – I don’t think Ella recorded the song with the Mills Brothers as the provider indicates

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Miles Davis Sextet, recorded 5 October 1951 at  Apex Studios, New York City, NY

Miles Davis – Trumpet
Jackie McLean – Alto Sax (sits out)
Sonny Rollins – Tenor Sax
Walter Bishop Jr. – Piano
Tommy Potter – Bass
Art Blakey – Drums


Chet Baker – date unknown


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – final track on The Big Beat, recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 6 March 1960 — Art Blakey (drums); Jymie Merritt (bass); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Bobby Timmons (piano).


Abbie Gardner from her first full-length CD My Craziest Dream, 2004



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John
    May 23, 2010 @ 16:59:58

    I found a video on YouTube with my favorite version of Paper Moon…Ella Fitzgerald with the Delta Rhythm Boys. You probably saw it too but the video portion is not very good. Too bad you couldn’t just upload the audio.



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