I Wished on the Moon

"I Wished on the Moon" is a song composed by Ralph Rainger, with lyrics by Dorothy Parker. Bing Crosby sang the song in The Big Broadcast of 1936.

"I Wished on the Moon"
Song by Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday[1]
ReleasedAugust 1935[1]
RecordedJuly 2, 1935[1]
GenreJazz
LabelBrunswick Records[1]
Songwriter(s)Ralph Rainger, Dorothy Parker[1]
Composer(s)Ralph Rainger
Lyricist(s)Dorothy Parker

Crosby recorded the song on August 14, 1935[2] with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and it reached the charts of the day peaking at No. 2 during a seven-week stay.[3] At the end of the long recording session, Crosby decided to sing only a single chorus of the song in the middle of an orchestral version instead of the full ballad treatment used in the film. This led to a long argument between the singer and producer Jack Kapp. Eventually Crosby prevailed.[4]
Crosby recorded the song again in 1954 for his album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

Little Jack Little recorded the song for Columbia (catalog 3068) on June 28, 1935,[5] and also enjoyed chart success with the song in 1935 reaching the No. 13 spot.[6] Ruth Etting also recorded the song for Columbia (3070) on July 1, 1935.

Notable recordingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 105. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  4. ^ Giddins, Gary (2001). Bing Crosby - A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years 1903-1940. New York: Little, Brown & Co. pp. 387-390. ISBN 0-316-88188-0.
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  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 275. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
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