Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Sinatra’s jazz cover of “Fly Me to the Moon” in 1964 became closely associated with NASA’s missions to space. It was played on the Apollo 10 mission as it orbited the moon and was the first music heard when astronaut Buzz Aldrin, stepped on the moon. Although originally titled “In Other Words”, a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard, Sinatra’s jazz rendition of the song has become iconic.
Starting off with the solo beating of a drum, the song establishes a swing that makes it hard not to tap your foot while swaying in your seat. Quickly after, the sounds of a piano and Sinatra’s smooth voice rings in the beginning of the song. He sings “Fly me to the moon, let me play amongst the stars. Let me see what a Spring is like, on a Jupiter and Mars.” The way his voice hugs the lyrics ever so perfectly makes you feel as though you are the only one he is serenadingHis . Yet at the same time, you can’t help but feel like you have been transported to a cabaret back in the 1960’s where Frank Sinatra is the main act of the night.
Although often regarded as one of the most popular and influential musicians of the 20th century, and the recipient of eleven Grammys, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Frank Sinatra never formally learned how to read music. He learned everything by ear and began singing professionally as a teenager. His fine and natural understanding of music helped as he worked hard to perfect his skills in all aspects- from singing, to performing, to producing. In addition to his musical capabilities, Sinatra had the ability to swoon any crowd he performed in front of. His colorful personality won over thousands of fans, many of whom were women, and his bright blue eyes earned him the nickname “Ol’ Blue Eyes”.
After his success in the music industry, Sinatra decided to try his hand in the film industry. He proved to be quite the show stopper in this field as well as he earned himself an Academy Award for his performance in From Here to Eternity (1953). He also appeared in several musicals and began to become associated with detective roles. In addition to music and film, Sinatra was also active in politics, often supporting presidental campaigns for Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.
Frank Sinatra’s tremendous success has received praise even years after his death in 1998. His music has influenced many and has served as the inspiration for many artists, including Charlie Puth, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, and Brett Eldredge, just to name a few. His albums are played annually in iceskating rinks, swing dancing events, jazz clubs, piano bars, restaurants, and more. Frank Sinatra’s music has transpired for almost two decades as he continuously proves to be a timeless classic.