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Thread #19032   Message #2974354
Posted By: Jim Dixon
27-Aug-10 - 09:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Moonlight Becomes You (Burke/Van Heusen)
Subject: Lyr Add: MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU (Burke/Van Heusen)
Words, Johnny Burke. Music, Jimmy Van Heusen.
As sung by Bing Crosby

1. Moonlight becomes you. It goes with your hair.
You certainly know the right thing to wear.
Moonlight becomes you. I'm thrilled at the sight
And I could get so romantic tonight.

2. You're all dressed up to go dreaming.
Now don't tell me I'm wrong.
What a night to go dreaming!
Mind if I tag along?

3. If I say, "I love you," I want you to know
It's not just because there's moonlight, although
Moonlight becomes you so.


MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU was used in the film "Road to Morocco" where it was partly played during the opening credits, then sung by Bing Crosby, and reprised by Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope.

The song may be older than the film, however; some sources say it is copyright 1931 (others say 1942).

The Online 78-rpm Discographical Project lists these early recordings:

Bobby Sherwood & His Orchestra, May 5, 1942
Bing Crosby & the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, June 12, 1942
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, with vocal by Skip Nelson & The Modernaires, July 15, 1942
Johnny Long & His Orchestra, July 16, 1942
Harry James & His Orchestra with vocal by Johnny McAfee, July 18, 1942
Johnny Jones & His Orchestra, July, 1942?
Victor Young & Singing Strings, c. 1952?

Here's a suitably schmaltzy performance by The Waikiki Islanders: Click to play