Old Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra
Fly Me to The Moon
“Fly Me to the Moon” has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture. Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.
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 whenDiana 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.
In 1999 The USA based Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized the importance of “Fly Me to the Moon” by inducting it as a “Towering Song” which is an award “…presented each year to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years.”
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”.
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“You may be a puzzle, but I like the way the parts fit.” – Frank Sinatra