Blue Moon

Episode Air Date: July 8, 2019
Artist: Pete Rugolo and his orchestra
Recording Title: Blue Moon

There are a couple different definitions for a blue moon, both of them kind of rare, and neither of them have to do with color of any sort. You’re on the Sound Beat.

So the most common definition of a blue moon is a second full moon in a month. As the moon orbits around the Earth every 29 days or so, those extra days in a month accumulate.  As such, every 2 or 3 years we get an extra full moon slipping into a calendar month. There’s also another definition for a “seasonal” Blue Moon: the third of four full moons in one season. And believe it or not, this definition predates the other.

You’ve been listening to the incomparable Mel Torme backed up by Pete Rugolo and his orchestra on a Capitol 78 from 1949. Blue Moon was never a rarity when Mel sang: indeed, it was one of his signature songs.

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One Response to “Blue Moon”

  1. Jim Meade
    July 9, 2019 at 13:09 #

    Nice job folks! When listening to this up close I was reminded how spectacular a singer Mel Torme was, truly one of the greats.

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