I Wished On The Moon

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PROFILE
Composer Ralph Rainger
Lyricist Dorothy Parker
Year Written 1935
About I Wished on the Mon
Written by Ralph Rainger and Dorothy Parker (yes, that Dorothy Parker), this song was first recorded in 1935 by Ruth Etting. Bing Crosby sang in The Big Broadcast of 1936. Other recordings include those by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Billie Holiday, Art Pepper and Tony Bennett.

Lyrics

I wished on the moon, for something I never knew
I wished on the moon, for more than I ever knew
A sweeter rose, a softer sky
On April days that would not dance away

I wished on the stars to throw me a beam or two
I begged of a stars and asked for a dream or two
I looked for every loveliness, it all came true
I wished on the moon for you

I wished on the moon, for something I never knew
I wished on the moon, for more than I ever knew
A sweeter rose, a softer sky
On April days that would not dance away

I wished on a stars to throw me a beam or two
I begged of a stars and asked for a dream or two
I looked for every loveliness, it all came true
I wished on the moon, wished on the moon for you
I wished on the moon for you

Session / Album Information

1992

“I Wish On The Moon” was recorded in June 1992 and was released that year on Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1992: Columbia CD: CK 52965 — Perfectly Frank
  • 1992: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6565 — Perfectly Frank [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #58 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK57) Perfectly Frank

1996

“I Wished On The Moon” was recorded in June 1996 and released in 1997 on the album Tony Bennett On Holiday. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 67774 — On Holiday
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #63 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK61) On Holiday
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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