Monday, July 20, 2009

Bobby Womack Flies To The Moon (1968)

Well it's all over the news today that it is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, so obviously I had to pick a song about moon. Of course the moon is such a romantic object, that it has appeared in songs over and over.

There's Henry Mancini's 'Moon River', 'It's Only A Paper Moon' by Nat King Cole, Van Morrison's 'Moondance', 'Man On The Moon' by R.E.M., The Police's 'Walking On The Moon', and 'The Killing Moon' by Echo & The Bunnymen. And those are just the one's right off the top of my head.

I think the ultimate traveling to the moon tune is probably 'Fly Me To The Moon', which is today's track. The Sinatra version would be way to obvious. Today's track comes from 70's R&B singer Bobby Womack, another great soul singer who is not as well known as he should be.

Womack started out playing guitar for Sam Cooke, and eventually moved into songwriting and performing himself. His version of 'Fly me To The Moon' was the title track to his 1968 debut album.

He went on to have several other hits, most notably 'Lookin' For A Love' as well as creating the iconic 1972 soundtrack to the blaxspoitation film "Across 110th Street". Along with "Superfly" and "Shaft" this soundtrack helped to define both an era and an entire genre of film.

So here it is. In honor of the moon landing 40 years ago today, which was one year after this song was recorded. Click the following link to fly to the moon.

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