Blue Moon is a popular classic song which was written in 1934 by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. It was a hit in 1949 twice over, by both Billy Eckstine and Mel Tormé. Later, in 1961, it became a hit again internationally for the famous group The Marcels and has since been a popular cover, having been released by the likes of Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Supremes, Cyndi Lauper and The Beatles to name but a few.
The song came about when Hart and Rodgers were commissioned by MGM to write songs for the 1934 film Hollywood Party, that starred Laurel and Hardy. Originally entitled Prayer it was supposed to be sung by star of the time Jean Harlow, but it wasn't included on the final soundtrack. Hart and Rodgers changed the name of the song to The Bad in Every Man. It then appeared in the film Manhattan Melodrama in the cabaret scene, sung by Shirley Ross. Finally, it was commercially released as Blue Moon when Hart wrote new lyrics for it. It turned into a beautiful tale of love. It is still a widely known and popular song, with Manchester City Football Club adopting it as their terrace anthem, in reference to their blue football kit.
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