Moon Song

I have moons on my mind as All Hallows Eve beckons in the distance. I’ll have a moony follow up tomorrow. Enough with the self-promotion.

Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow wrote this memorable Moon Song for a forgettable 1933 movie Hello Everybody. Kate Smith sang it in the movie, but I won’t inflict her on my readers. The dread then dead Miss Smith was in the news in 2019 for all the wrong reasons.

In the vocal segment of this week’s post, we have nothing but Friday Cocktail Hour regulars.

We begin with Louis and Oscar:

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? That goes for 1949’s King Zulu as well.

Next up, Doris Day as herself, not Ruth Etting:

What this post needs is some Velvet Fog:

Who knew that Mel and Frank had dueling moon albums? I should have known, but I did not. Ya learn something new every day.

There’s a bumper crop of jazz instrumental versions of Moon Song. We have recordings by three jazz titans: Art Tatum, Benny Carter, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

That’s it for this week. Let’s raise a glass and toast Randolph Scott who was Kate Smith’s leading man in Hello Everybody and lived to tell the tale. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.