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Fly Me To The Moon
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Background and compositionIn 1954, when he began to write the song that became Fly Me to the Moon, Bart Howard had been pursuing a career in music for over 20 years. He played piano to accompany cabaret singers, but also wrote songs with Cole Porter, his idol, in mind. In response to a publisher's request for a simpler song, Bart Howard wrote a cabaret ballad which he titled In Other Words. A publisher tried to make him change some words from "fly me to the moon" to "take me to the moon," but Howard refused. Many years later Howard commented that "... it took me 20 years to find out how to write a song in 20 minutes."
The song was originally composed in 3/4 time signature but was changed to 4/4 by Quincy Jones in his arrangement to give it a more "looser, swing" feel
He used his position as a piano accompanist and presenter at the Blue Angel cabaret venue to promote the song, and it was soon introduced in cabaret performances by Felicia Sanders.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 commented 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... ...all but explodes with energy".
Other releasesBart Howard estimated that by the time Frank Sinatra covered the song in 1964, more than 100 other versions had been recorded. By 1995, it had been recorded more than 300 times. One notable example is a remix of the song used as a main theme for PlatinumGames' Xbox 360/PS3 game Bayonetta, which is sung by Helena Noguerra. The Japanese animated series Neon Genesis Evangelion uses a version sung by Claire Littley for the closing music of each episode. It was recorded by English comedian, television presenter and actor Bradley Walsh for his 2016 album Chasing Dreams.
Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording of Fly Me to the Moon became closely associated with NASA's Apollo space program. A copy of the song was played on the Apollo 10 mission which orbited the Moon. It became the first music 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 when Diana Krall sang it at the mission's 40th anniversary commemoration ceremony. She also sang a version of the song in 2012 at the memorial service for Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong.
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