Bart Howard (June 1, 1915 — February 2-1, 2004), produced Howard Joseph Gustafson , was the composer and author of the well-known jazz regular Fly Me To The Moon, which has been done by vocalists (amongst others) Bobby Womack , Frank Sinatra , Tony Bennett , Ella Fitzgerald , Nancy Wilson , Della Reese , Diana Krall , June Christy and Astrud Gilberto. It can also be played often by jazz and well-known musicians around the world.
Howard came to be in Burlington, Iowa He started his job as an accompanist at the time of 16 and played for Mabel Mercer , Johnny Mathis and Eartha Kitt , among others.
;Fly Me To the Moon; was first sung in 1954 by Felicia Sanders in theBlue Angel; nightclub in Manhattan where the composer became M.C. and accompanist in 1951. The tune received extensive exposure when Peggy Lee sang it on The Ed Sullivan Present several years afterwards.