Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
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Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard) – The song was introduced by Felicia Sanders on the cabaret circuit under the original title In Other Words. Though the first recording, by Kaye Ballard in 1954, retained that title, it was recorded as Fly Me to Moon as early as 1956 (Johnny Mathis). The title was eventually changed officially, though the original is still preferred by some recording artists.
From WICN.org’s Song of the Week feature:
In the early 1960s Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Julie London and Doris Day made popular recordings of “Fly Me to the Moon,” but its lasting fame and endurance as a jazz standard were assured when Frank Sinatra recorded it on his album for Reprise Records, It Might as Well Be Swing, along with Count Basie. Quincy Jones did the arrangement, and he changed the song from its original 3/4 waltz-time to 4/4 time to give it a swinging feel.
Frank Sinatra recorded [Fly Me to the Moon] on the album It Might as Well Be Swing (1964), accompanied by Count Basie. The arrangement by Quincy Jones has become the rendition most people know. Jones changed the time signature, which was originally 3/4 waltz-time, to 4/4 and gave it a looser, swing feel. Sinatra’s recording was a hit and was played by the astronauts of Apollo 10 on their lunar-orbital mission and again on the moon itself by the astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing.
Frank Sinatra – recorded 9 June 1964 with Count Basie and his Orchestra, arrangement: Quincy Jones, released on the 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing
(below) From Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, TV special, 1965
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music was a one hour television special in color, first broadcast by NBC on November 24, 1965. It was directed by the multi-Emmy-winning Dwight Hemion. Telecast at a time when television had just switched to full-time color programming (except for feature films shot in black-and-white), the show was an enormous success, so much so that it spawned two follow-ups with virtually the same title, featuring, respectively, Nancy Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald along with Antonio Carlos Jobim.
By modern standards, especially, the format of the original show was profoundly simple. It consisted only of Sinatra in a television studio singing many of his hit tunes (such as It Was a Very Good Year) in front of a live audience. There were no guests on this first program. The orchestra was conducted by long-time Sinatra arrangers Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins.