Blue Moon

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Lorenz Hart
Richard Rodgers

Only pop song in his catalogue

Was it galling to Richard Rodgers that his most often performed song was the only pop song in his catalogue? It’s not that he and lyricist Lorenz Hart didn’t try to make it a production song. The tune started out as the music to “Prayer,” written for the 1933 musical film Hollywood Party. It was cut from the film and then given to Shirley Ross in the 1934 movie Manhattan Melodrama under the title, “The Bad in Ev’ry Man.” The song didn’t catch on, and in 1934 Hart wrote yet another lyric, the last, and titled it “Blue Moon.” It wasn’t attached to any show or movie but became a hit anyway.

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