'Blue Moon', was written in 1934 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and has become a standard ballad. Over the years, many singers have recorded the song, such as Billy Eckstine, and Mel Torme, jazz singer (1949). ‘The Marcels’ had a number 1 hit with the song in 1961 and many others such as Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley, ‘The Platters’, ‘The Mavericks’, ‘The Supremes’, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin have recorded 'Blue Moon'.
I dedicate today’s song to my niece, Andrea. My sister Eileen has three lovely daughters of whom my favourite niece of the three has always been Andrea (but never tell the other two this, Andrea). Andrea lives in Jersey with her husband Martin and their son Louis. She has been there for many years now and I strongly suspect that it’s because of its tax haven status where many of our rich secretly store their offshore funds. Andrea wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else. She says life is better in every respect there. She even reports that the air is fresher, the sun shines brighter, the rain drops more softly and ‘the moon is bluer' and more romantic than anywhere else on earth.
Have a smashing birthday, Andrea and have a drink on me and I’ll pay you the next time I see you (I think it must now be at least ten years since you last visited your Uncle Billy). Enjoy your birthday and love to you, your husband, Martin and son Louis. Uncle Billy x
Love and peace Bill xxx