MONO: “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)” by Bobby Womack.

THE SONG: Fly Me To The moon (In Other Words).

WHO: Bobby Womack.

WHY IT’S HOT: It’s hard to know where to begin with this cover of the Bart Howard song originally titled, “In Other Words.” Google “Fly Me To The Moon” and you’ll get a thousand hits for the Frank Sinatra version, no doubt the accepted definitive version. You can’t really make a case against that as it’s so closely associated with Old Blue Eyes. Listen to any number of subsequent covers and they’re covers of his version (same way the Jeff Buckley version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” ended up being the definitive and version emulated ad nauseum). But give the vastly underrated Bobby Womack and his version of “Fly Me To The Moon” a chance and you won’t hear a different version of Sinatra’s song or maybe even Bart Howard’s original “cabaret” love song. You’ll hear a completely new song full of emotion, longing, and drive. (I remember having to go back and compare the lyrics with the Sinatra version just to be sure it was the same song.) What Womack does on this single is breathtaking and singularly courageous. It’s an amazing song.

WANT MORE? Here’s another classic off Bobby Womack’s 1981 album, The Poet.

WORDS: brice.

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