Moonlight in Vermont" is a popular song about the U.S. state of Vermont, written by John Blackburn (lyrics) and Karl Suessdorf (music) and published in 1944. [1 ]
The lyrics are unusual in that they do not rhyme.
John Blackburn, the lyricist, has been quoted as saying, "After completing the first 12 bars of the lyric, I realized there was no rhyme and then said to Karl, 'Let’s follow the pattern of no rhyme throughout the song. It seemed right.'" [1 ] The lyrics are also unconventional in that each verse (not counting the bridge) is a [2 ] haiku. [1 ]
The song is considered an unofficial
state song of Vermont and is frequently played as the first dance song at Vermont wedding receptions. It was first introduced by Margaret Whiting in a 1944 recording, and has been [1 ] covered by numerous other artists over the years. [N 1 ]
There are few meadowlarks in Vermont; Blackburn, who wrote the lyrics, was from Ohio. The sycamore trees in the song refer to maple trees by their British appellation.
Versions [ edit ]
Tony Bennett - (1995) Here's to the Ladies
Les Brown and his Band of Renown
Don Byas - Anthropology (1963)
Charlie Byrd - (1960) The Guitar Artistry of Charlie Byrd
Betty Carter - (1955) Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant
Ray Charles - (1960) The Genius Hits the Road
Rosemary Clooney (mid-1950's)
The Coasters - One by One (1960) [3 ]
Nat King Cole - (1947) Nat King Cole at the Piano
Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1956), Chris Craft (1958)
Sam Cooke - (1957) Sam Cooke
Joey DeFrancesco - Live at the 5 Spot (1993)
The Dorsey Brothers
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Billy Eckstine, album No Cover No Minimum, Las Vegas 1960. With band cond. Bobby Tucker
Percy Faith - American Serenade (1963)
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - (1956) Ella and Louis
Earl Grant - Earl After Dark (1961)
Johnny Hartman - Songs From the Heart (1955)
Ted Heath - America Swings Coast to Coast (1964)
Billie Holiday on The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes, released in 2010. This version was recorded by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra in Los Angeles on January 3, 1957. Her Orchestra featured Harry Edison on trumpet, Ben Webster on tenor saxophone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums. [4 ]
Ahmad Jamal - on the album (1958) At the Pershing: But Not for Me
Walter Jackson - Welcome Home (1965)
Doug Jernigan and Bucky Pizzarelli - (2006) Doug and Bucky
Teddi King - In the Beginning, 1949-1954 (2000)
Johnny Mathis - (1963) Romantically
Marian McPartland - All My Life (2003)
Jane Monheit - The Season (2005)
Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Chubby Jackson Big Band (1995)
Willie Nelson - (1978) Stardust
Joe Pass - Unforgettable (1999)
Frank Sinatra - (1958) Come Fly with Me
Frank Sinatra & Linda Ronstadt - (1993) Duets
Jimmy Smith (1956)
Johnny Smith - (1952) Moonlight in Vermont
Jo Stafford - (1956) Ski Trails
Sonny Stitt - Moonlight In Vermont (2009)
Mel Tormé - (1960) Swingin' on the Moon
Caterina Valente - Plenty Valente! (1957)
Sarah Vaughan - (1958) No Count Sarah
Ben Williams - State of Art (2011)
Seth MacFarlane - (2014) Holiday for Swing
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
"The Highway" / "Spirit"
Ain't Necessarily So" / "I Never Cared For You" ("Ain't Necessarily So" also on CD Single)
"The Piper Came Today" / "(I Don't Have a Reason) To Go To California Anymore"
("The Piper Came Today" also on CD Single) "Ten With a Two" / "You Decide"
Graceland" "Still is Still Moving to Me" / "Valentine"
"Turn Me Loose and Let Me Swing"
"I Never Cared for You"