This collection includes over 20 performances of songs penned by legendary pop composer Jimmy Van Heusen. Most of the included songs were co-written with Van Heusen's songwriting partner, lyricist Johnny Burke, as well as with previous partner Eddie De Lange. Moonlight Becomes You: Songs of Jimmy Van Heusen compiles the original (mono) recordings of Van Heusen's biggest hits as performed by some of the biggest names of the time, including "It's the Dreamer in Me" by Helen Humes with Harry James and his orchestra; the million-seller "Swinging on a Star," sung by Bing Crosby in the Academy Award-winning movie Going My Way; "Like Someone in Love," also performed by Bing Crosby; and "Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)," which finds Crosby in a duet with Judy Garland. Frank Sinatra appears several times, while Dinah Shore also performs a couple of numbers, including "Personality." Other included performers are such legendary, influential artists as Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and more. Finally, Van Heusen admirer Frank Sinatra closes the collection with his performance of "But Beautiful."
AllMusic Review by Joslyn Layne
feat: Fats Waller & His Rhythm
feat: Dinah Shore