Fun Fact: "Moonlight in Vermont" is a popular song about the U.S. state of Vermont, written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1943. The lyrics are unusual in that they do not rhyme. John Blackburn, the lyricist, has been quoted as saying, "After completing the first 12 bars of the lyric, I realized there was no rhyme and then said to Karl, 'Let's follow the pattern of no rhyme throughout the song. It seemed right." The lyrics are also metrically interesting in that each verse (not counting the bridge) is a haiku. The song is considered an unofficial state song of Vermont and is frequently played as the first dance song at Vermont wedding receptions.
I learned this song via my Pa, so ultimately I decided to go with two of my Pa's all-time favorite singers. Jo Stafford wasn't his very favorite female singer (that would be Dinah Washington) but Stafford was definitely in the running. Her version was recorded first, so we'll hear her sing it first.
'MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT' - JO STAFFORD
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
This next selection comes from Willie Nelson's 'STARDUST' album. As you know, it was this album that started the whole fad of contemporary singers recording old American standards. 'MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT' was the first song put together for the album. In fact, Nelson hadn't even decided to record a whole album of standards at this point. He merely asked his friend Booker T. Jones (of 'Booker T & The MGs' fame) to arrange 'Moonlight...' for him. Willie Nelson was so pleased with the results that he decided to record an entire album of standards arranged by Booker T. Some folks told him he was not suited for this kind of material and the 1978 album might ruin his career. And that's why you listen to your heart rather than to so-called experts. Ruined his career? Pshaw!
In 1979, Nelson won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song "Georgia on My Mind". Stardust was on the Billboard Country Album charts for ten years—from its release until 1988. The album also reached number one in New Zealand and number five in Australia in 1980. In 2003, the album was ranked number 257 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was originally certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in December 1978. In 1984, when it was certified triple platinum, Nelson was the highest-grossing concert act in the United States. In 2002, the album was certified quintuple platinum, and it was later inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
'MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT' - WILLIE NELSON
After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to the blogs of the other 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' participants to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to
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@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
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As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy