How High the Moon

A jazz standard with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis.

Published: 19 May 2013 Updated: 09 Feb 2016Visits: 279Code: UL555

INSTRUMENTS: Jazz Main: Any Others: Ukulele Leadsheet Play-along ANY
Subjects: Jazz • Repertoire

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How High the Moon

How High the Moon is a jazz standard with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis. It was first featured in the 1940 Broadway revue Two for the Show, where it was sung by Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock.

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How High the Moon is in the Real Book - Volume 1 Sixth Edition book.

How High the Moon…

In "Two for the Show", this was a rare serious moment in an otherwise humorous revue. The song was sung, in a slow fox trot tempo, by a group of evening-dressed people walking along a London street. At the end, they all looked at the sky, and cowered, obviously terrified: quick curtain. It was 1940, and the time of the London blitz: a clear night meant "bomber's moon".

Notable Recordings

The earliest recorded hit version was by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. It was recorded February 7, 1940 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 35391, with the flip side "Fable of the Rose". The Les Paul Trio recorded a version released as V-Disc 540B with a spoken introduction which was issued in November, 1945 by the U.S. War Department. In 1948, bandleader Stan Kenton enjoyed some success with his version of the tune. The recording, with a vocal by June Christy, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 911 (with the flip side "Willow, Weep for Me") and 15117(with the flip side "Interlude"). It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 9, 1948, its only week on the chart, at #27.

Roadmap

The song uses a descending chord progression in which the tonic of the moment turns minor to become the II of the chord a whole step below it.

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