Song / Blue Moon

John Alford / Blue Moon

"Blue Moon" is a classic popular song written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. It may be the first instance of the familiar "50s progression" in a popular song and has become a standard ballad.

 

The song was a hit twice in 1949 with successful recordings in the US by Billy Eckstine and Mel Tormé.

 

In 1961, "Blue Moon" became an international number-one hit for the doo-wop group The Marcels, on the Billboard 100 chart and in the UK Singles chart.

 

Over the years, "Blue Moon" has been covered by various artists, including versions by Frank SinatraBillie HolidayElvis PresleyThe PlattersThe MavericksDean MartinThe SupremesBob Dylan and Rod StewartBing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album On the Happy Side (1962).

 

It is also the anthem of English Football League club Crewe Alexandra and English Premier League football club Manchester City, who have both adapted the song slightly.

John Alford's recording of the song saw his highest chart placing in the UK with the song reaching #9 in the charts.

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