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Moon Songs From Ages Past to the Present, From Tin Pan Alley to New Age & Rock

The Moon's Symbology Blazes On...

Musicians and Songwriters have invoked the Moon's charms for ages on end, from Gregorian chants to folk songs, medieval ballads and carols to the twentieth century compositions of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Eric Clapton. Apart from romance, the Moon is one of the most sung about themes. The Moon's symbology blazes on in the Moon songs of the past centuries, from the chaste and heavenly romantic themes of the earlier part of the 20th century to the hauntings sung from the darker side of the Moon, in such later period songs as Pink Floyd's, "Eclipse," from their "Dark Side of the Moon" album. And the Moon continues its serande in the genres and songs of today. Enjoy.


Did You Know...That the oldest recorded Moon song of the 20th century and the most popularized of all Moon songs is "Shine On Harvest Moon," written in 1908 by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.


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Top Ten Lunar Tunes For The 20th Century:

  1. Shine on Harvest Moon by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1908)
  2. Blue Moon of Kentucky by Bill Monroe (1947)
  3. Blue Moon- The Marcels (1961) - Originally Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (1934)
  4. The Moon is Down by Gentle Giant, 1971
  5. Shame On The Moon Bob Segar & the Silver Bullet Band (1983)
  6. Moon at the Window by Joni Mitchell (1982)
  7. Yellow Moon by the Neville Brothers (1989)
  8. Kiko and the Lavender Moon by Los Lobos (1992)
  9. Man on the Moon R.E.M. (1992)
  10. It's Only a Paper Moon by Arlen, Harburg and Rose (1934)

Source: Lou Curtiss

Harvest Moon Ball- Dance Contest:


Did you know that the official song of the world's most famous dance contest was "Shine On, Harvest Moon"?

The Harvest Moon Ball was held usually in August or September and was sponsored by the Daily News in New York and Los Angeles (News Welfare Association, Inc.)

The first unofficial contest was held at the Central Park Mall in 1927,

This contest was to become the most famous dance contest in the world and would last for many years. The official song of the contest was "Shine On, Harvest Moon."