Dark Moon (song)

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"Dark Moon"
Single by Bonnie Guitar
B-side "Big Mike"[1]
Released March 1957
Format 7" single
Genre Country, rock and roll
Label Dot
Writer(s) Ned Miller
Producer(s) Fabor Robison, Randy Wood
Bonnie Guitar singles chronology
"Dream on Dreamers"
(1956)
"Dark Moon
(1957)
"Half Your Heart"
(1957)

"Dark Moon" is a song written by Ned Miller, which was popularized in several different musical formats after its composition. The most popular versions of the song were recorded by Bonnie Guitar and Gale Storm.

Bonnie Guitar version[edit]

The original version of "Dark Moon" was recorded by American country music artist, Bonnie Guitar, in 1957. Guitar's producer, Fabor Robison, originally intended for rock and roll singer, Dorsey Burnette, to record the song, but was dissatisfied with the finished product. Instead, Guitar offered to record "Dark Moon", giving up her royalties to record the song, stating, "I told him I’d give up my royalties to be able to record that song. I knew in my mind, as little as I knew, that that was a hit song. I just knew it. So, we went right in the studio and started working on it, and I played the lead guitar and everything."[2]

The single version was leased on Dot Records and was issued in March 1957. "Dark Moon" peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #6. The single was Guitar's first major hit as a musical artist.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6

Gale Storm version[edit]

"Dark Moon"
Single by Gale Storm
from the album Gale Storm Hits
B-side "A Little Too Late"
Released 1957 (1957)
Genre Pop
Length 02:25
Label Dot
Writer(s) Ned Miller
Producer(s) Randy Wood
Gale Storm singles chronology
"Lucky Lips"
(1957)
"Dark Moon"
(1957)
"On My Mind Again"
(1957)

The second version of "Dark Moon" was recorded by American pop artist, Gale Storm. At the release of Bonnie Guitar's original version of "Dark Moon", Storm was recording for Dot Records as well. Storm's manager insisted on her to record the song as well. Gale Storm's version was released shortly after the original version's release in 1957.[2] The single peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1957. The song became Storm's last chart record in Billboard Magazine.[3]

Shortly after Storm's success, British pop artist, Tony Brent covered the song. An official single version was released in 1957 and reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1957.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies -- Bonnie Guitar". Praguefrank's Country Music. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ray, Linda. ""Woman's Work" • Bonnie Guitar cut hits as a session player, as a singer, as a producer, and as co-owner of a successful label.* (*Which means she merits more than a footnote, right?)". No Depression. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 77. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.