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.

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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.

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From Wikipedia:

Frank Sinatra included the song on his 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing[33] 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[34] 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”.[6]

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

 

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