In Other Words

One of Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs actually started out with a different title than the one by which it’s known.  Fly Me to the Moon, released by Frank in 1964 on the album It Might as Well Be Swing, was originally called In Other Words.  Before long, it became known by its first line, fly me to the moon, even though it’s sung only once in the song.  After a few years, the publishers actually changed the title officially.  In Other Words was written by Bart Howard in 1954, ten years before Frank made it his own with a great arrangement by Quincy Jones and the wonderful accompaniment of the Count Basie Orchestra.

The song was first recorded by Kaye Ballard, and later by other artists including Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and Doris Day.  Tony Bennett also has a version, departing from the Sinatra style by performing the song at a very slow tempo.

Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon is noteworthy for being played in space, and not once, but twice.  First it was played by the astronauts of Apollo 10 on their orbital mission around the moon, and then on the moon itself by astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 moon landing.  And when Aldrin competed on Dancing With The Stars, guess what song was playing.

As for Fly Me to the Moon’s original title In Other Words, it was actually a logical choice, as that phrase is repeated throughout the song, but then, if the song was known as In Other Words, it might not have made it into space.

See Frank Sinatra singing Fly Me to the Moon on YouTube at Frank Sinatra Tribute, and see the song performed at the home of a Frank Sinatra tribute performer, or “Frank Sinatra Impersonator“.

Published in: on September 22, 2010 at 8:13 AM  Leave a Comment