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Frank Sinatra's version of this classic song is the pop standard.
Frank Sinatra's version of this classic song is the pop standard.Original Cover: Warner/Reprise Records

Record single by Various Artists: "Fly Me to the Moon" (1954)

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Here’s why this song should be in your collection!

Royalties from “Fly Me to the Moon” (1954) made Bart Howard a wealthy man. But the song’s biggest fame comes from its links to space exploration.

Kaye Ballard performed the first recorded version as “In Other Words.” Many other artists (including Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, and Peggy Lee) recorded cover versions; In 1964 Frank Sinatra teamed with Count Basie and Quincy Jones to record his. Most covers now reflect Sinatra’s signature style; the outstanding exception was Bobby Womack’s 1968 R&B hit.

On July 20, 1969, Edward (Buzz) Aldrin became the first man to play music on the Moon, playing Sinatra’s version from a cassette. In 2012 Diana Krall performed the song at the national memorial service for Neil Armstrong.

Sinatra’s version was included in the 2000 movie Space Cowboys, but not in the soundtrack for the award-winning HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon. In 2008 Buzz Aldrin appeared in the animated feature Fly Me to the Moon to clarify that, despite the plot, no flies had been aboard Apollo 11.

This song is available on various records in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

The first food eaten on the Moon was part of a religious ritual. Aldrin had quietly received permission from NASA and the Presbyterian Church to perform a communion as he stood on the Moon’s surface.