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'"Moonlight Bay"' is a popular song. It is commonly referred to as '"On Moonlight Bay"'. The lyrics were written by Edward Madden, the music by Percy Wenrich, and was published in 1912. It is often sung in a barbershop quartet style. Early successful recordings in 1912 were by the American Quartet and by Dolly Connolly.

Notable covers

* Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded the song on March 22, 1937, with a special swing arrangement by Miller.

* The song was featured the film 'Tin Pan Alley' (1940), where it was sung by Alice Faye. Faye also included the song in her 1962 album 'Alice Faye Sings Her Greatest Movie Hits'.

* The song, sung in barbershop quartet style, features in the first Daffy Duck cartoon, 'Porky's Duck Hunt' (1937).

* Porky Pig repeatedly tries to sing the song in the 1942 cartoon, 'My Favorite Duck'.

* The Mills Brothers recorded the song in 1940 for Decca Records.

* The song was featured in the musical film 'On Moonlight Bay' (1951) and gave the film its title; it was sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Day also recorded the song commercially, and it appeared on her 1951 album 'On Moonlight Bay', featuring songs from the film.

* A duet performance by Bing Crosby and Gary Crosby was recorded on March 22, 1951, and reached No. 14 in the Billboard charts in 1951.

* The Beatles performed "Moonlight Bay" with comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise on the duo's ATV programme 'Two of a Kind' in December 1963. A recording of the performance was released on the Beatles' album 'Anthology 1' in 1995.

* The song was sung in episodes of 'Hey Arnold'.

* In the 1942 film, Ship Ahoy, Tommy Dorsey leads his orchestra while Eleanor Powell does a tap dance conveying a message in Morse code.


:Voices hum, crooning over Moonlight Bay

:Banjos strum, tuning while the moonbeams play

:All alone, unknown they find me

:Memories like these remind me

:Of the girl I left behind me

:Down on Moonlight Bay

:Candle lights gleaming on the silent shore

:Lonely nights, dreaming till we meet once more

:Far apart, her heart, is yearning

:With a sigh for my returning

:With the light of love still burning

:As in days of yore


:We were sailing along

:On Moonlight Bay.

:We could hear the voices ringing;

:They seemed to say,

:"You have stolen my heart"

:"Now don't go 'way!"

:As we sang "Love's Old Sweet Song"

:On Moonlight Bay

The original sheet music and 1912 recordings use the lyrics above.


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