Friday, August 31, 2012

Blue Moon...You Saw Me Standing Alone

Image via VanishedAmericana.com
Do you recognize this song?



It's an early version of "Blue Moon" before it officially became "Blue Moon." The song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for a movie called Hollywood Drama that never did include it. So it ended up in the 1934 film above, Manhattan Melodrama, which starred Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, as "The Bad In Every Man." At some point the lyrics got changed to the Blue Moon lines we know today, because Rogers and Hart's publicist said it would be a big commercial hit. And it was--the song has been covered from everyone from Mel Torme to Chris Isaak, but the cover that most folks are familiar with is the 1961 hit by the doo wop group The Marcels (which is also my personal favorite.) 



Tonight, we'll be experiencing a blue moon--so called because it's the second full moon to occur in the same month as the first one. We won't see another again until 2015. So get ready for a magical Labor Day weekend! Cosmo from Moonstruck would approve:



1 comment:

Ruth said...

I had no Idea that I was looking at a phenomena yesterday, when I admired the moon. Now I understand the saying once in a blue moon...

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