Playlist With 21 Versions of Blue Moon

BlueMoonSong.org 

BlueMoonSong.org makes available to the public the previously unknown true story of the origin of the popular ballad, "Blue Moon," one of the most universally recognized and recorded songs of the 20th century. Included is the documentation—letters, contracts, photographs, newspaper clips, and legal papers—that languished for eight decades in an attic. A goal is to inform scholarship on the history, culture, music, economics, and personalities of the 1930s, a decade during which radio, the "talkies," and the Big Bands created the mass audience for entertainment that we know today.

 


Edward W. Roman

Edward W. Roman

True author of the beloved American standard, “Blue Moon.” Inspired by the moon's blue reflection on the ice, Ed wrote the song in January 1931 after an evening of moonlit skating on a local pond in upstate New York. A poet and trumpet player in the 1930s, he went on to become a skilled photographer, a devotee of classical music, and, in his later years, a woodworker.


Edward W. Roman

Jack Mahoney

The Manhattan-based Tin Pan Alley agent offered to broker "Blue Moon" for Ed, stressing that the copyright would remain in Ed's name. When Ed heard the song on the radio without having signed Jack's contract, Ed decided to fight for his rights.


Henry R. Dutton Lettter

Henry R. Dutton

An area club manager, songwriter, and 1919 graduate of Brown University, Henry befriended Ed in 1936 after Ed filed his lawsuit for the rights to “Blue Moon.” Henry suggested a collaboration, and the pair wrote at least four songs together, two of which Henry copyrighted.


Chris Brignola

Chris Brignola

A younger brother of Ed's beau, who, upon hearing "Blue Moon" played on the radio and learning that sheet music sales had topped $75,000, insisted that Ed sue for his rights to the song.


E. Stewart Jones

E. Stewart Jones

A prominent attorney in Troy, New York, educated at a leading prep school and Williams College, Jones agreed to take Ed’s case for the rights to the song. His involvement is a major affirmation of the merit of the lawsuit.

Chris Brignola
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Liz Roman Gallese

The older of Ed’s two daughters, Liz had been intrigued as a child with the family stories about her father’s authorship of the song “Blue Moon.” A journalist and documentary film producer, she decided upon his death to investigate.