By Rodgers & Hart? Not Really.
". . .the history of 'Blue Moon,' for all of its known convolutedness and remarkableness, actually begins earlier. Its unknown origins are even more remarkable and convoluted, and its agency lies at that very intersection of those final Hart lyrics being either his 'simplest or most banal.'”
". . .the lyrics. . .weren’t written by Hart, nor the melody by Rodgers. Rather the song was composed in 1931 by a 17-year-old, the son of Polish immigrants, in Troy, on the East bank of the Hudson River in upstate New York. His name was Edward W. Roman."
"I know because I am his daughter, and because I have always known this story. It was part of the family lore for all of my growing-up years, the source of whispers about 'that "Blue Moon" thing' among the adults. . .a matter of curiosity among the more curious of the youngsters, of which I was perhaps the most curious."
Six Unknown Songs Discovered
"I've been asked by some to whom I've told this story if the composer of a song as iconic as 'Blue Moon' had written other songs. I hadn't been able to answer before going through the papers in the attic."
"But he had. A young club manager and aspiring songwriter, Henry R. Dutton—whose name I hadn't ever heard until slipping his letter to my father out of its envelope—proposed shortly after the article in The Knickerbocker Press appeared that they collaborate."
"Two developed songs appear to have originated with Dutton, who had already copyrighted the music and lyrics for one entitled 'Am I Really in Love?'"
"His songwriting collaboration, along with other materials that emerge, speak to the broader point: that since writing 'Blue Moon' in 1931 through the settlement of the lawsuit in 1937, my father had been fully engaged in his artistic pursuits."
Rodgers & Hart Lawsuit Settled? Really.
"In The Knickerbocker Press article, there is a picture of my father, young and slim and serious and handsome, in his signature wireless glasses, and wearing a jacket and tie. He’s seated and holding a document with his attorney. . ."
“Uncle Dom. . .explained that my father had gotten 'chummy' with Chris after meeting my mother. Chris heard 'Blue Moon' on the radio, learned that it had already made $75,000 sheet music alone, and insisted that they sue."
"Dom said Richard Rodgers called my father with an offer to settle for $1,200, not the $900 I had thought as a child. I countered with the $900, and Dom said, no, the figure had been $1,200, two or three times what most people earned in a year in those days."