July 7, 2022

Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon (Live At The Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO/1965)

Frank Sinatra’s video for ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ recorded live in 1965 at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis.

“Fly Me to the Moon”, originally titled “In Other Words”, is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.

In 1999, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored “Fly Me to the Moon” by inducting it as a “Towering Song”.

In 1960, Peggy Lee released the song on the album Pretty Eyes, then made it more popular when she performed it in front of a large television audience on The Ed Sullivan Show.  As the song’s popularity increased, it became better known as “Fly Me to the Moon”, and in 1963 Peggy Lee convinced Bart Howard to make the name change official.  Connie Francis released two non-English versions of the song in 1963: in Italian as “Portami Con Te” and in Spanish as “Llévame a la Luna”.

In 1962, Joe Harnell arranged and recorded an instrumental version in a bossa nova style. It was released as a single in late 1962.  Harnell’s version spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching #14 on February 23, 1963,  while reaching #4 on Billboard’s Middle-Road Singles chart.  Harnell’s version was ranked #89 on Billboard’s end of year ranking “Top Records of 1963”.  Harnell’s recording won him a Grammy Award at the 5th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Performance by an Orchestra – for Dancing.  His version was included on his album Fly Me to the Moon and the Bossa Nova Pops released in early 1963, which reached #3 stereo album on the Billboard Top LP’s chart.

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