The jazz classic »Fly Me To The Moon«, originally written by Bart Howard in 1954, gained worldwide fame through Frank Sinatra (1915–1998). His version from 1964 accompanied the space mission Apollo 10 to the Moon in May of 1969, and was played when the spaceship orbited the Moon. Further, it was the first song ever that was played on the Moon, when Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon with a portable cassette player during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.
»Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me
Frank Sinatra’s version, arranged by Quincy Jones, reached multiple platinum status. Next to Sinatra, singers like Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughn also contributed their versions of this romantic love song. The song also appeared in the soundtracks of famous movies like »Wall Street« or »Bridget Jones’s Diary«.
It is not just Frank Sinatra’s voice, but also the Moon that brings this fascinating atmosphere to life. We look longingly into the distance, just to recognize that everything we need is very close to us.