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Blue Moon

Composer: Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers

Grateful Dead

No Grateful Dead recordings.

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One of the most recorded songs ever - the following list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra, 1935
Al Bowlly w/ Ray Noble and His Orchestra, 1949
Dave Brubeck Trio, Dave Brubeck, 1951
New Faces, New Sounds, Wynton Kelly, 1951
Genius of Art Tatum, Vol. 6, Art Tatum, 1953
Roy and Diz, Roy Eldridge, 1954
Trumpet Kings, Dizzy Gillespie, 1954
Jazz Recital, Dizzy Gillespie, 1954
In Hollywood, Mel Torme, 195
Clifford Brown with Strings, Clifford Brown, 1955
Two by Two- Ruby and Ellis Play Rodgers, Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins, 1955
Music with Feeling, Ben Webster, 1955
Solitude, Billie Holiday, 1956
Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley, 1956
Pastel Moods by Oscar Peterson, Oscar Peterson, 1956
Mack the Knife, Louis Armstrong, 1957
Music with Feeling / Ben Webster with Strings, 1957
That Warm Feeling, Roy Eldridge, 1957
Swingin' Easy, Bill Doggett, 1958
Hit Kit, Sam Cooke, 1959
Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen, Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen, 1959
Sounds of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Smith, 1959
LD + 3, Lou Donaldson, 1959
One for Fun, Billy Taylor, 1959
Trombone Four in Hand, Wells, Dicky, 1959
Groovin' At The Embers, Eugene Smith, 1959
Young Man with a Horn- 1952-1954, Ray Anthony and Orchestra, 195?
Swingin' on the Moon, Mel Torme, 1960
Walk Don't Run, The Ventures, 1960
Al Casey Quartet, Al Casey, 1960
Oscar Peterson Plays the Richard Rodger, Oscar Peterson, 1960
Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge at the, Coleman Hawkins, 1960
Out of This World, Latin Jazz Quintet, 1960
Singin' and Swingin', Betty Roche, 1960
Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke, 1960
Single, The Marcels, 1961
Single, The Ventures, 1961
Blue Moon, The Marcels, 1961
Live It Up, Irving Fields, 1961
The Colorful Ventures, Ventures, 1961
Sound Off - Titus Turner, 1961
Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!!, Frank Sinatra, 1961
Listen to Cliff, Cliff Richard, 1961
At the Berlin Sportpalast, Johnny Hodges, 1961
Lollipops and Roses, Paul Petersen, 1962
Three Blind Mice, Vol. 1, Blakey, Art, 1962
Hot Sauce, Latin Jazz Quintet, 1962
Surf Crazy, Bob Vaughn and the Renegades, 1963
Cherry, Jimmy McGriff, 1966
Happiness Is..., Ray Conniff, 1966
That Old Feeling, Brook Benton, 1966
Supremes Sing Rodgers and Hart, Supremes, 1967
Groover!, Richard "Groove" Holmes, 1968
Self Portrait, Bob Dylan, 1970
Sha Na Na, Sha Na Na, 1971
Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Tony Bennett, 1973
Elvis Forever, Elvis Presley, 1974
Sun Collection, Elvis Presley, 1975
Sings the Billie Holiday Story, Sam Cooke, 1976
Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley, 1976
New York, New York Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1977
Brahms Lullabye, Clark Terry, 1978
Grease, Olivia Newton-John, 1978
Raincheck, Louie Bellson, 1978
Elvis! Soundtrack, Elvis Presley, 1979
Heritage of Broadway- Music of Rodgers, George Siravo, 1980
Sings the Standards, Brook Benton, 1980
Greatest Hits, Ventures, 1981
Breaking Silence, James Freud, 1982
Best of Liberace, Liberace, 1982
Return to Happiness, Tokyo 1983, Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1983
My Life for a Song, Placido Domingo, 1983
Screen Gems, Elkie Brooks, 1984
New Orleans Piano Professor, Tuts Washington, 1984
Moonlighting, Moonlighting, 1984
Blues in the Night, Bobby Bland, 1985
Magic Moments, Brook Benton, 1985
Best Of The Marcels, The Marcels, 1986
14 Original Greatest Hits, Earl Bostic, 1986
Under the Blue Moon, New Edition, 1986
History of the Real Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday, 1986
Cool Cat, Chet Baker, 1987
Big Band Era- Vol. 4, Big Band Era- Vol. 4, 1987
Heartbeat, Bad Boys Blue, 1987
Baby Blue Music, Vol. 1, Fausto Papetti, 1987
Let's Be Friends, Sharky's Machine, 1987
In the Middle, Georgie Auld, 1988
Doggin' Around, Herb Ellis w/ Red Mitchell, 1988
What If Mozart Wrote "Roll over Beethoven", Hampton String Quartet, 1988
Carmen McRae Sings Great American Songwriters, Carmen McRae, 1989
Jonathan Richman, Jonathan Richman, 1989
Between Purple and Pink, Area, 1989
Song Is Rodgers and Hart, Various Artists, 1990
Jazz Collector Edition, Louis Armstrong, 1990
Best of the Marcels, Marcels, 1990
Flirtations, Flirtations, 1990
Golden Years- 1961, Various Artists, 1990
Voice- Duke Recordings 1959-69, Bobby Bland, 1991
Softly I Swing, Teresa Brewer, 1991
Ecos de New York, Vol. 2, Papetti, Fausto, 1991
Finally, Betty Carter, 1991
Piano Interpretations, Wynton Kelly, 1991
Radio Waves, Rob Schneiderman, 1991
Ciro's, Vol. 2, Ciro, 1991
Everything I Have Is Yours, Billy Eckstine, 1991
Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces, Art Tatum, 1991
Heartbreak, Chet Baker, 1991
Songs for Ellen, Joe Pass, 1992
Happy Birthday, Duke! the Birthday Sess, Duke Ellington, 1992
Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, 1992
Vintage 1981, Stephane Grappelli, 1992
Complete Debut Recordings, Charles Mingus, 1992
24 Classic Original Recordings, Dave Brubeck, 1992
Just One of Those Things, Stephane Grappelli, 1992
American Songs, Amalia Rodrigues, 1992
Concepts, Frank Sinatra, 1992
Charles Mingus Duo and Trio, Charles Mingus, 1992
Django Reinhardt and Friends, Django Reinhardt, 1992
Rodgers and Hart Revisited, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1992
Finally- Live in Stockholm, Joe Pass, 1992
Award Winning Movie Themes of the 40's, Hollywood All Stars Band, 1992
Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces, Vol. 5, Art Tatum, 1992
Isn't It Romantic- Capitol Sings Rodger and Hart, Various Artists, 1992
King of Rock 'n' Roll- The Complete 50' Masters, Elvis Presley, 1992
Revolving Bandstand, Tito Puente/Buddy Morrow, 1993
Remains of the Day Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1993
Blue Moon, Spencer, J., 1993
Dancing with the Bad Boys, Bad Boys Blue, 1993
More Feelings, Fausto Papetti, 1993
Moments to Remember, Roger Williams, 1993
Knife and a Fork, Kip Anderson, 1993
Revolving Bandstand, Tito Puente/Buddy Morrow, 1993
Hot Sauce, Juan Amalbert and His Latin Jazz Quintet, 1993
My Funny Valentine- The Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Various Artists, 1993
Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1, Billie Holiday, 1993
Art of Blakey, Message, 1993
Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Various Artists, 1993
Midnight- Time for Love, After Hours, 1993
We'll Have Manhattan, The Rodgers and Hart Songbook), Various Artists, 1993
Song of the Hawk, Coleman Hawkins, 1994
Verve Jazz Masters 12- Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday, 1994
American Songbook Series- Rodgers and Hart, Various Artists, 1994
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Frankie Lymon, 1994
Little Jazz- The Best of Verve Years, Roy Eldridge, 1994
Doo Wop Box, Various Artists Various Artists, 1994
Rhino R&B Box- 30 Years of Rhythm and Blues, Various Artists, 1994
Super Sonic Sounds, Ossie Scott, 1994
Great American Songwriters, Vol. 3- Rodgers and Hart, Various Artists, 1994
The Colpix-Dimension Story, Various Artists (The Marcels), 1994
It's Now or Never- Tribute to Elvis, Various Artists, 1994
Great American Songbook, Billie Holiday, 1994
Rock and Roll, Sinners, 1994
Best of the Big Bands, Benny Goodman, 1995
Complete RCA Victor Revolving Bandstand, Tito Puente, 1995
Brass from Tijuana, Brass from Tijuana, 1995
Tone Poems 2, David Grisman and Martin Taylor, 1995
Spotlight Series, Vol. 1- Colpix Record, Various Artists, 1995
Morning Song, John Stubblefield, 1995
Great American Songwriters, Vols. 1-5 , Various Artists, 1995
Songs that Won the War, Vol. 7- Salute to the Stagedoor Canteen, Various Artists, 1995
Original, Ventures, 1995
Benny Goodman and His Great Vocalists, Benny Goodman, 1995
Grease, Grease, 1995
Memorial for Glenn Miller, Vol. 1, Big Band Orchestra, 1995
Live at the Blue Note, Stephane Grappelli, 1996
Mel Tormé Collection, Mel Torme, 1996
Get Out of My Way, Estrada Brothers, 1996
Deep in a Dream, Connee Boswell, 1996
Hits of '35, Hits of '35, 1996
Leading Men, Vol. 1- Masters of Style, Various Artists, 1996
Rodgers and I Soundtrack, Charles Tichenor, 1996
Complete Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Various Artists, 1996
McKinley Time, Ray McKinley, 1996
Elvis Presley '56, Elvis Presley, 1996
102% Reggae, Various Artists, 1996
23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees South, Stan Kenton, 1996
Non Stop Jukebox, Jive Bunny, 1996
1944, Cozy Cole, 1996
Complete Roulette Recordings, Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen, 1996
Memorial for Glenn Miller, Glen Miller, 1996
Taking It to Hart, Ian Shaw, 1996
Guitare a Un Nom, Django Reinhardt, 1996
Swinging Stereo in Studio A, George Siravo, 1996
Surfing/Colorful Ventures, Ventures, 1996
All His Hits, Earl Bostic, 1996
Dream Dancing in Hawaii, Ray Anthony, 1997
Walk Don't Run- All-Time Greatest Hits, Ventures, 1997
Lucid, Freddy Jones Band, 1997
I'm in the Mood for Love, Frances Langford, 1997
Sun Jammin', Various Artists, 1997
First Recordings, Oscar Peterson, 1997
Simply Gold, Various Artists, 1997
Rock 'N' Roll Years, Conway Twitty, 1997
Love Collection, Chelsea Strings, 1997
You Had to Be There!, Mark and Brian, 1997
Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Vols, Ella Fitzgerald, 1997
Hurry on Down, Benny Waters, 1997
Music for Gracious Living, Vol. 2- Instrumental Themes, Various Artists, 1997
Flavors of Jazz, Various Artists, 1997
Swing Summit- Passing the Torch, Various Artists, 1997
Hot Summer Nights, Danny Wright, 1997
Debut Records Story, Debut Records Story, 1997
Standards by Mel Tormé, Mel Torme, 1997
Best of George Shearing, Vol. 2, 1960-69), George Shearing, 1997
Gone with the Woodwinds!, Lyle Murphy, 1997
Sax by Candlelight, Vol. 2, Golden Sax Ensemble, 1997
Favourite Dish, Sally Barker, 1997
Platinum, A Life in Music), Elvis Presley, 1997
Legends of Acid Jazz, Richard "Groove" Holmes, 1997
Telepathic Last Words, Course of Empire, 1998
Touch of Platinum, Elvis Presley, 1998
Intimate Stories, Clark Terry, 1998
A&E Biography, Mel Torme, 1998
Songs from the Heart, Tony Bennett, 1998
Parent Trap, Parent Trap, 1998
Songs from Grease, Various Artists, 1998
Compassion: Music for Romance, Various Artists, 1999
Complete Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks, Ella Fitzgerald, 199?
Brownie- The Complete Emarcy Recordings, Clifford Brown, 199?
Billy May Sessions, Nat King Cole, 199?
Theme from "A Summer Place", Percy Faith Orchestra, 19??
Great Standards, Vol. 4, Great Jazz Trio, 19??
Beautiful Friendship, Gerald Wiggins, 19??
MGM Years, Billy Eckstine, 19??
Concert Years, Ella Fitzgerald, 19??
Mystery Train Soundtrack, Various Artists, 19??
Strangers in the Night, Bert Kaempfert, 19??
Debut Rarities, Vol. 2, Charles Mingus, 19??
On the Road, Louis Armstrong, 19??
Groovin' High, Dizzy Gillespie, 19??
Complete Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley, 19??
George Wright at the Mighty New York Paramount Theater Organ, George Wright, 19??
Golden Classics, Don Julian and The Meadowlarks, 19??
That's My Kick and Gemini, Erroll Garner, 19??
Compact Jazz, Mel Torme, 19??
Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Vol. 2, Ella Fitzgerald, 19??
Spotlight on Great Gentlemen of Song, Mel Torme, 19??
1924-1937, Coleman Hawkins, 19??
Complete Young Oscar Peterson, Oscar Peterson, 19??

Notes

Performed once by the Grateful Dead, with members of Jefferson Airplane on 7th September 1969.

Written in 1934. Some sources claim that this was one of very few songs written by Rodgers and Hart that was not intended for a musical or film.

Others though give the following history. The prototype of the song, named Make Me A Star, was written for a Jean Harlow film that was not completed. The song was then reworked, as The Bad In Every Man, for Shirley Ross to sing in the 1934 film, Manhattan Melodrama but was not included in the final version of the film. Finally it was reworked with no film or show in prospect as Blue Moon.

It has subsequently, however, been used in many films though including; East Side, West Side in 1950, With A Song In My Heart in 1952, Grease, Scorsese's New York, New York and An American Werewolf In London which used three versions of the song, by The Marcels, Bobby Vinton and Sam Cooke.