Mission

Who wrote "Blue Moon," one of the most iconic and ethereally beautiful of the American standards? This website makes previously unknown—and extraordinarily compelling—information about the song's origins publicly available for the first time.

The song, it can now be said, was penned by a 17-year-old, the son of Polish immigrants, after an evening of moonlit ice-racing on a pond in upstate New York. The year was 1931, and the composer's name was Edward W. Roman.

Upon Ed Roman's death in 1992, letters, contracts, photographs, songs, poems, and press clippings found in his attic have lent considerable support for his authorship, as has exhaustive additional research.  

This material provides invaluable insight into the history, culture, economics, and personalities of the 1930s, a decade during which radio, talking motion pictures, and the Big Bands forged the mass audience for entertainment that we know today. It offers a window into the era's musically vibrant Hudson River Valley, whose nightclubs and hotels, church basements and fraternal lodges, dance halls and roadhouses nurtured some of the most talented performers of the mid-20th century.

It's vital that this information be accessible to everyone who values Ed Roman's gift to the world, and to scholars advancing knowledge about the world in which he lived.


People

This website grew out of research into the authorship of "Blue Moon" undertaken by Ed Roman's daughter, Liz Roman Gallese, a journalist and film producer. The research is ongoing, and counts among its supporters professionals working in documentary and music scholarship and performance.

Liz Roman Gallese
Journalist, and documentary film producer

John Cork
American author, screenwriter, and documentary film director and producer

Link To John Corh IMDB Page

Dr. Sandra J. Graham
Ethnomusicologist. Professor and Researcher at Babson College in Babson Park, MA

Website

Jackson Williams
Baritone, performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as both a soloist and ensemble singer

Profile


Edward W. Roman's Legacy

A sense of the enormity of Ed Roman’s legacy can be found in the work of the following artists, some of the most celebrated of the past century. They're among the thousands who've recorded "Blue Moon" in the eight decades since its creation.

Billie Holiday

Heidi Feek

Ella Fitzgerald

Greta Keller

Nat King Cole

Shirley Ross

Jo Stafford

Mel Torme

The Marcels

Bobby Vinton

Frank Sinatra

Louis Armstrong

Dean Martin

Billy Eckstine

Elvis Presley

Mark Hardy

Tony Bennett

Conal Fowkes

Simmi

Rosemary Clooney