“Blue Moon” is one of those heart-rending songs that was recorded by everyone from Mel Tormé to Ella Fitzgerald. Through the 70s Rod continued to produce a string of hits, some through his solo efforts and others with the Faces. “Blue Moon” didn’t begin as a classic — not in the form it eventually acquired. Although I’m not into Rod Stewart’s “disco” phase, it’s hard to argue with the career choices of a man who has sold upwards of 100 million records. At that time, the ensemble’s two white members Gene Bricker and Richard Knauss quit the group. Try disabling any ad blockers and refreshing this page. She also recalled that when she was a young child, she told her father she had heard he wrote “Blue Moon.” He said he wrote it after a night of ice skating. Regardless of who publishes such lists, Richard Rodgers will be prominently featured in every songbook, and generally with two different lyricists. No part of it explains away the well-documented sequence of four sets of lyrics. Following that movie, Lorenz Hart was pressured to re-write the lyrics one final time. I have no idea if Hart even thought of the expression, “once in a blue moon.” All his other lyrics for the tune had a melancholy mood, though. His first long collaboration was with Lorenz Hart, and his second was with Oscar Hammerstein. In the meantime, Blackie has killed a gambler, Manny Arnold, who owes him money. Please enable JavaScript on your browser to best view this site. The fourth set (for the song as we know it today), on the other hand, was a favor owed MGM music publisher Jack Robbins months after they’d had left MGM for Paramount. She claimed it was really written by her father, Edward Roman. According to letters she produced, Roman wrote the song in 1930 or 1931 and sold it for $900 to buy a car. Blue Moon: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (Manhattan Melodrama); The Marcels; Rod Stewart / Tim Londergan, Tim’s Cover Story. After the film [Manhattan Melodrama] was released by MGM, Jack Robbins—the head of the studio’s publishing company —decided that the tune was suited to commercial release but needed more romantic lyrics and a punchier title. For all that activity, “Blue Moon” didn’t hit the charts until Billy Eckstine’s recording of 1949. Required fields are marked *, HTML tags allowed in your comment:
, (Professional research for a general audience). Mel Tormé’s recording hit the charts the same year. “The moon reflected blue on the ice,” he had told her. Your email address will not be published. It turned the song on its ear by ignoring the somber sentiment of the words. ( Log Out /  The song of the day for Thursday, March 5, 2020, is “Blue Moon.” About This Song. Blue Moon music - free on Blip.fm. Notorious as the movie that gangster John Dillinger attended on the night he was killed, Manhattan Melodrama has weathered the years as one of MGM's finest examples of pure storytelling. And walkin’ right into my movie heaven Act One: He called the new song “It’s Just That Kind of Play.” The lyric started, “Act One: you gulp your coffee and run.”, The studio cut it, but then decided to add a nightclub scene. Eight million people and not one companion: Elvis recorded Blue Moon in 1956, and Frank Sinatra recorded a classic cover in 1961 with backing from the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Editorial Reviews. Stewart was apparently fairly talented as a soccer player, and earned a tryout with a third-division English FC team. A 1968 appearance at the Fillmore East auditorium brought him critical acclaim in the U.S. as well. The bad in every man. Blue Moon: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (Manhattan Melodrama); The Marcels; Rod Stewart, The blue moon’s rich history in American music, Elvis and Ella Fitzgerald sang it. The “unsigned” contract is actually accompanied by a letter from New York song broker Jack Mahoney to the then Troy, NY, teenager that is signed, dated, and on official letterhead. “My Funny Valentine” first appeared in the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms. America’s songs: the stories behind the  songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley / Philip Furia and Michael Lasser (Print: Routledge, 2006) This slick, up-tempo version sold more than a million copies. Blackie then kills Snow in an attempt to assist Eleanor and Jim. I normally think of bebop as insanely fast, but Blakey’s version retains the character of a mournful ballad. ( Log Out /  Rod Stewart was born in 1945 in North London. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Elvis Presley all covered it with notable success. For another, there is even some controversy over who actually wrote “Blue Moon.”. Their name was a reference to the “marcel wave,” a hair style popular at the time. For a bunch of old performers, these guys can still bring it! Most-wanted criminal John Dillinger was watching Manhattan Melodrama at Chicago’s Biograph Theater when federal agents were tipped off that he was at the movie. Here is a film clip from Manhattan Melodrama. MGM made Manhattan Melodrama quickly on a low budget. Shadows of the night that poets find beguiling It is quite amazing that Blue Moon, one of the greatest popular songs of the 20th century, became a beloved classic only on the fourth attempt! So please don’t give me the air. So here we will briefly review Rod Stewart’s life and career. (Personnel On Camera). Wikipedia, Richard Rodgers However, in this post we will discuss covers by The Marcels and by Rod Stewart. MGM used the notoriety of Dillinger and his death to hype their film, much to the dismay of some of the cast. The New York Times published a story about it that includes pictures of some of the documents. The movie gained great notoriety after that, but no one paid much attention to “The Bad in Every Man.” Without a love of my own. Richard Rodgers was born in 1902 and began composing while an undergraduate at Columbia. From ballad to doo-wop to bop, only a great hit could inspire such a sheer variety of interpretations. And find I’m standin’ in the Golden Gate It’s entirely plausible that these were the lyrics written by Roman and brokered by Mahoney. While some director is cursin’. And you believe it, so you’ll know you’re wrong Later, Jim runs for governor. Well, The Marcels were sort of “two-hit wonders.” They had one more top 40 hit, a song called Heartaches that eventually sold more than one million records. I was a big fan in the early days, but I jumped off the Rod Stewart bandwagon in the late 70s when he began dressing in spandex and singing disco songs – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Hot Legs, ugh! Rod Stewart’s distinctive vocals are not quite as raspy as in his youth. The Bad in Every Man (1934) (uncredited) later retitled "Blue Moon" with new lyrics Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart Sung by Shirley Ross at the Cotton Club Reprised as background music for the death house scene . Blue moon The bad in every man. Some time later, Eleanor and Jim begin a relationship and get married. When Dillinger left the theater he was gunned down by FBI agents. Oh, Lord, what is the matter with me The history of "Blue Moon" dates back from 1924 when the writers were asked by MGM to compose a song for the movie "Manhattan Melodrama". This is from his One Night Only! Robbins licensed the new version to Hollywood Hotel, a radio program that used the song as its theme song. The blue moon’s rich history in American music / Justin Joffe, Observer. Jim and Eleanor continue to talk at the nightclub, while the singer (Shirley Ross, made up to look as though she is African-American) sings The Bad In Every Man. Hello there! Rodgers and Hart were then assigned to work on a film called Manhattan Melodrama. First off, it was not expected to be a hit – it was written and filmed quickly and cheaply. Blue Moon: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (Manhattan Melodrama); The Marcels; Rod Stewart, Maggie May: Rod Stewart; Melissa Etheridge; Wayne Armond | Tim's Cover Story, The First Cut Is The Deepest: P.P. However, significant fame eluded Rod until 1967, when he became the lead vocalist for the Jeff Beck Group. The Daily themed Crosswords are a popular game and here you get different puzzles every day. They like to tell you that they love you only The story of “Blue Moon” by Rodgers and Hart goes beyond interesting, It is downright strange. If that doesn't work, please visit our help page. Notes: In its second life the "Prayer"/"Blue Moon" tune was given a new lyric and became the title song of the 1934 MGM film Manhattan Melodrama, which starred Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Leo Carillo, and was the movie that John Dillinger had been watching when he was gunned down outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. We will feature that song and its lyrics in the next section of this post. What a great doo-wop song! Wikimedia Commons. A page for describing Trivia: Manhattan Melodrama. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer decided that the song had commercial possibilities, but required a more romantic lyric, and asked Hart to write different lyrics to those he had originally put to Rodgers’ tune. They provide a lot of film music, too. There Jim meets Blackie and the prison chaplain, who by amazing coincidence is Father Joe. ( Log Out /  With no one to stay up for I went to sleep at ten For another, there is even some controversy over who actually wrote “Blue Moon.” This is partly because of his new affinity for older pop tunes, and in part because Rod had to re-learn how to sing after operations for thyroid cancer in 2000. He also reveals he tried to commute Blackie’s sentence, and he resigns as governor. You gulp your coffee and run; In 1942 it was remade as Northwest Rangers. So in any case, the expression “blue moon” fit both the character of the tune and Robbins’ request. It is also reasonable to “explain away” the four sets of lyrics given that the first three were written for MGM productions while Rodgers/Hart were contracted by MGM. motion picture | Feature film (over 60 minutes). ( Log Out /  “Bomp ba ba bomp ba bomp ba bomp bomp, bomp ba ba bomp ba bomp ba bomp bomp, ve-dang a-dang dang, va-ding a-dong ding Blue Moon.” For anyone who has heard Fred Johnson’s bass intro to the Marcels’ cover of the Rodgers & Hart song Blue Moon, the song will never again be the same. Not all of their hit songs became immediate hits. When Jim leaves the session, Eleanor is waiting for him and the couple re-unite. Their first assignment was to write a series of songs for an MGM musical spectacular to be called Hollywood Party. Jenny Lin - Pandora. Rod has led a very colorful life. Jim then calls a special session of the state legislature, where he admits that Blackie’s murder of Snow helped him get elected governor. However, in 1999 all of the surviving members re-formed for the PBS Special Doo-Wop 50 (Gene Bricker had passed away in 1983). Powell and Loy played Nick and Nora, a married couple who solve crimes in their spare time while exchanging witty banter and constantly mixing and drinking alcohol. His unique rough vocal style was effective over a wide range of tunes — blues-based songs, R&B, folk-rock efforts and the occasional ballad. It starred Clark Gable, William Powell, and Myrna Loy, but the studio had low expectations for it. He licensed Blue Moon to a radio show, Hollywood Hotel, and they used it as their theme song. Fred Johnson’s booming bass solo grabs you, and the song then segues to Cornelius Harp’s lovely lead vocals. New York World-Telegram, 1936. I heard somebody whisper please adore me Here is the audio of Blue Moon by the Marcels. It appears that Rodgers’ and Hart’s reputations are safe from Edward Roman. Rod Stewart concert in Royal Albert Hall in October, 2004. How Sweet It Is: Marvin Gaye; Jr Walker & the All Stars; James Taylor. As you can see, this is the distinctive melody of Blue Moon, but the lyrics are completely different. Listen to Blue Moon mp3s, watch Blue Moon videos, find Blue Moon fans. But in 1926, two songs for a revue called The Garrick Gaieties became hits. This clue was last seen on Daily Themed Crossword, July 18 2020. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Full moon (a blue moon if it’s the second one in a month!) In addition, it also features a standard doo-wop falsetto ending. Search for free music to stream. He joined forces with fellow Columbia undergrad Lorenz Hart, and the two of them began writing songs for musical revues (what we now know as the “Broadway musical” was, to a considerable degree,  defined by Rodgers himself over the years). However, Snow, one of Jim’s former assistants threatens to claim (falsely) that Jim had covered up Blackie’s murder of Arnold. However, the “B” side of that record, Maggie May, became a surprise boffo hit, rising all the way to #1 on both the US and UK pop charts. However, a witness identifies Blackie. Learn how your comment data is processed. The Marcels then experienced a number of personnel changes. In its second life the "Prayer"/"Blue Moon" tune was given a new lyric and became the title song of the 1934 MGM film Manhatian Melodrama, which starred Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Leo Carillo, and was the movie that John Dillinger had been watching when he was gunned down outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. But Robbins promised to promote the song heavily. I ask your help with a prayer Oh, Lord, what is the matter with me Life was a bitter cup for the saddest of all men. Someone I really could care for. I wanta see Garbo in person While the music remained unchanged, its lyrics didn’t simply evolve: they mutated almost overnight, going through three versions before finally settling down into their fourth and (more or less) final variation. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote this for the 1934 movie Manhattan Melodrama – starring Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy – where it was performed by Shirley Ross in a nightclub scene. The first version was by Billy Eckstine and the second by Mel Torme. She says her father wrote it / James Barron, New York Times. I wanta open up my eyes at seven Exploring roots of rock music using comparisons of original songs and covers of those songs. However, Robbins promised to provide a publicity blitz if Rodgers and Hart came up with the right set of lyrics. MGM registered it for copyright as MGM Song #225 and then abandoned the project. MGM planned a movie to be called Hollywood Party in 1933 and hired Rodgers and  Hart to provide songs. The boss is yelling at you; Ms. Hunter, who was 24 years younger than Stewart, dumped him in 1999. Here is a video of Rod in a live performance of Blue Moon. William Powell (Jim Wade) and Clark Gable (Blackie Gallagher) were the first and second husbands of Carole Lombard respectively: Powell was married to her from June 26, 1931 until their divorce on August 16, 1933 while Gable was married to her from March 29, 1939 until she was killed in a plane crash on January 16, 1942. And the night can be so very long. For one thing, the words are not the first lyrics Hart provided for the tune. This is another entry in our continuing series, Tim’s Cover Story Goes To The Movies. A perfect song to commemorate the 50th anniversary of doo-wop music! Her documents include an unsigned contract and a 1936 newspaper article about a lawsuit Roman filed. Rodgers so disliked the Marcels’ doo-wop treatment of his melody that he took out advertisements in trade publications, urging people not to purchase the record! Crossroads guitar by John 'Crash' Matos for Kantor Guitars. Change ). The next picture they made together, also directed by Van Dyke, was their most celebrated: “The Thin Man.” “Manhattan Melodrama” features a beautiful Rodgers and Hart tune called “The Bad in Every Man”; after the picture was released, Hart rewrote the lyrics (to make the song more commercially appealing) and renamed it “Blue Moon.” Although Sir Roderick is apparently one of the wealthiest British musicians, it is alleged that he never carries cash and does not tip at restaurants. He rushes to Sing Sing prison where Blackie is scheduled for execution. Hello there! Without a dream in my heart The Marcels’ Blue Moon became a smash hit. "The bad in every man" by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, performed by Shirley Ross. Elvis and Ella Fitzgerald sang it. 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