"Fly Me to the Moon" is a popular standard song written by Bart Howard in 1954. Originally titled "In Other Words" the song was introduced by Felicia Sanders in cabarets before being recorded for the first time by Kaye Ballard. The song soon became known popularly as "Fly Me to the Moon" from the first line of the B verse. Peggy Lee is said to have convinced Bart Howard in 1963 to change the song's title officially to Fly Me to the Moon.
In April 1954 the song was recorded for the first time by Kaye Ballard for Decca Records. It was released under its original title in both 78 and 45 rpm record formats (catalog numbers 29114 and 9-29114 respectively). A brief review published on 8 May 1954 in Billboard said it was "a love song sung with feeling...". The other side of the record was Ballard's recording of "Lazy Afternoon", which she was then singing as star of the stage musical The Golden Apple.
Johnny Mathis also recorded it in 1956, which was the first time the title "Fly Me to the Moon" appeared on a record label.
Eydie Gormé recorded the song in 1958 for her Grammy nominated album Eydie in Love (released by ABC Paramount in September 1958, catalogue number ABC/ABCS 246).
Joe Harnell recorded an instrumental version in 1962, as "Fly Me to the Moon – Bossa Nova". This version became the biggest chart hit, reaching #14 (#4 easy listening) on the U.S. pop singles charts.
George Strait recorded the song with Frank Sinatra in 1993 for Sinatra's Duets album, but the song wasn't included on the original version. Strait released the duet in 1995 on his box set Strait Out of the Box, and it was included on the 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Sinatra's Duets released in 2013.
On Sept. 13, 2012, Diana Krall sang the song as a tribute at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington during the national memorial service for the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOTABfsEuOM
Appearance in film, television and other media
Frank Sinatra performed the song on the TV show Sinatra (1969), wherein he dedicated it to the Apollo astronauts "who made the impossible possible".
In the 1978 to 1982 sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, the doorbell to Jennifer Marlowe's penthouse apartment played the opening section of "Fly Me to the Moon" - it was later changed to another song ("Beautiful Dreamer") due to licensing issues.
The song was also remixed in an action form in various scenes of the 2010 video game Bayonetta for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, where it is sung by Helena Noguerra. Stylized versions of the song appear at key moments in the game's storyline, and the end credits of the game features a 1963 version of the song by Brenda Lee.