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Flap over. It's just been found on StackExchange.
It's "Return To Space, by WH Fear (probably a pseudonym), Badger Books
Wow! I'm glad it was found. Once I knew what it was, I searched for more
information, and found the mention of a full name for W. H. Fear another poster
I've asked for some help in a music newsgroup, but since someone here managed to
find "Samba de Orfeu" for me, perhaps one of the answers I seek can be found
here as well:
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart composed a song, titled "Prayer", in 1933, for the
movie "Hollywood Party". It ended up not being used.
In 1934, the same melody was used for "Manhattan Melodrama", but with different
lyrics, as its title song. It wasn't used as the title song, but it was used with
a third set of lyrics, later in the movie, as "The Bad in Every Man".
It was the fourth set of lyrics, still written by Lorenz Hart, that made the song
into Blue Moon, the hit we know today.
After there were several successful conventional versions of this song that were popular, in 1961, the Marcels recorded their famous doo-wop version of the song:
So here is my first request of this newsgroup.
I know that in reading about this song, I had seen in one of the books about
music history a photographic reproduction of the very advertisement that Richard
Rodgers took out expressing his unhappiness with that version.
I haven't been able to find it again - but I *have* found claims that this was
just an "urban legend", and Richard Rodgers actually did no such thing. So I'm
hoping someone can help me set the record straight.
As to my second request:
The Marcels' version of Blue Moon wasn't the only doo-wop version of that song.
Before them, this version
was performed by the Drivers.
Now, the rythym track - the bass line - is very familiar to me from *some other
song*, but I haven't been able to recall which one. I've been hunting around,
but it isn't "Quiet Village" or "El Cumbanchero", the closest things I've found