Blue Moon is a classic popular song. It was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934, and has become a standard ballad. The song has been covered as a released single by artists such as Billie Holiday, and Mel Torme. In popular culture, the song has featured in musical films such as Grease and Blue Moon is sung by Crewe Alexandra fans, whilst also being regarded as the anthem of Manchester City Football Club. The lyrics presumably refer to an English idiomatic expression: once in a blue moon means very rarely. (The origin of the expression is unclear; see article blue moon). The narrator of the song is relating a stroke of luck so unlikely that it must have taken place under a blue moon. The title relies on a play on words, since blue is also the colour of melancholy, and indeed the narrator is sad and lonely until he finds love. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were contracted to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in May 1933. They were soon commissioned to write the songs for Hollywood Party, a film that was to star many of the studio's top artists. Richard Rodgers later recalled, One of our ideas was to include a scene in which Jean Harlow is shown as an innocent young girl.
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