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.

Crosby recorded the song on August 14, 1935[1] with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and it reached the charts of the day peaking at No. 2 during a 7-week stay.[2] 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.[3]
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[4] and also enjoyed chart success with the song in 1935 reaching the #13 spot.[5] Ruth Etting also recorded the song for Columbia (3070) on July 1, 1935. [6]

Notable recordingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 105. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 275. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  6. ^ http://ruthetting.com/i-wished-on-the-moon/ Columbia pressing noted 1935
  7. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.