Songs from by the Light of the Silvery Moon...

Songs from by the Light of the Silvery Moon...

by Gordon MacRaeGordon MacRae


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The 1953 film musical By the Light of the Silvery Moon starred Gordon MacRae and Doris Day, but MacRae was contracted as a recording artist to Capitol Records, while Day recorded exclusively for Columbia, making a soundtrack album impossible. Instead, each singer made an album of the movie's songs separately. Day did the material solo, while MacRae was paired with a substitute female singer who was under contract to Capitol, June Hutton. (Hutton, formerly a member of the Pied Pipers, was married to conductor Axel Stordahl, who led the orchestra on the recording.) The picture was set in the post-World War I era, and the song score consisted entirely of period Tin Pan Alley hits like "Ain't We Got Fun," "If You Were the Only Girl," and the title tune. The MacRae/Hutton LP was a 10" disc with only eight tracks (which meant that several songs heard in the film -- "King Chanticleer," "Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis," "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," and "Moonlight Bay" -- were not included). But MacRae and Hutton proved a felicitous matching, making this a satisfying, if ersatz, version of a movie souvenir. By 2004, the long out of print LP had entered the public domain in Europe, where copyright on recordings extends only 50 years. That enabled Sepia Records in Great Britain to put out this unlicensed edition, which, to bring the length up to standard CD expectations, vastly expands the track listing. After the eight selections from the original album, the disc continues with no less than 19 bonus tracks, all solo recordings of the era by either MacRae or Hutton. Hence the title, which does describe the contents: Songs from By the Light of the Silvery Moon & Other Selections. MacRae is impressive on such standards as "Just One More Chance" (an early Bing Crosby signature song) and "I Don't Want to Walk Without You." The lesser-known Hutton makes do with lesser-known material, generally, though she does a good job with "The Song from Moulin Rouge" (aka "Where Is Your Heart?"). Her songs "Say You're Mine Again," "No Stone Unturned," and "For the First Time (In a Long Time)," included here, had some chart action in the U.S. in 1953 and 1954, and "Say You're Mine Again" hit the Top Ten in the U.K.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 0842704004027
catalogNumber: 1040
Rank: 110800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon MacRae   Primary Artist,Vocals
Babe Russin   Musician
Van Alexander   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
June Hutton   Vocals

Technical Credits

Oscar Levant   Composer
Van Alexander   Arranger
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Georges Auric   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
John Nagy   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
George Wyle   Composer
Henry Marshall   Composer
Tony Middleton   Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Gerry Manners   Composer
Lindsay Steele   Composer
Ernest R. Ball   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Alex Gerber   Composer
Lyn Udall   Composer
Ted Varnick   Composer
Craig Hewitt   Graphic Design
Stanley Murphy   Composer
Annalu Burns   Composer
Karl Kennett   Composer
Dave Heisler   Composer
Charles Nathan   Composer
Lew Quadling   Composer
Nat D. Ayer   Composer

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