“ … that moonlight trail that leads to your side … ”

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI:
                   “ … that moonlight trail that leads to your side … ”

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Because the new Bond film was shot mostly in France, John Barry could return to the franchise and scored Moonraker — about a villain who has built an entire space station above Earth — in Paris. His grand plans for a 2-LP set to be recorded by the Orchestre de Paris while the film was still being made, however, came to naught. Paul Williams wrote the original lyric to Barry's “Moonraker” melody and were to be sung by Frank Sinatra. Those plans fell through, however, and Johnny Mathis sang the Williams lyric, only to see both words and recording scrapped as subpar. Hal David wrote a new lyric at the last minute, and Shirley Bassey sang the song in Los Angeles just weeks before the premiere of the film in June 1979.

Keywords: John Barry; Paul Williams; Frank Sinatra; Johnny Mathis; Shirley Bassey; Hal David; Moonraker; Paris; Kate Bush

Chapter.  4109 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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