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Cover Like No Other: Frank Ocean's "Moon River" Scores
On Feb. 15 multi-GRAMMY winner Frank Ocean released his original cover of the classic standard "Moon River" on Tumblr as something he had done "in the late night." Social media lit up with applause, including responses from Kacey Musgraves and Paramore's Hayley Williams. It's a timely reminder that the American songbook is loaded with raw material a great talent can make their own, sharing their unique musical takes on well-known compositions.
The 1961 film Breakfast At Tiffany's put its lead actress Audrey Hepburn on the spot to include a song in her performance, so maestro Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer crafted one of the most singable and irresistible songs in the repertoire. Both men shared in its Song Of The Year GRAMMY at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. Mancini also won Record Of The Year and Best Arrangement for the single. The album won Best Performance By An Orchestra — For Other Than Dancing and Best Sound Track, as well as a nomination for Album Of The Year.
Ocean's fans and supporters are crossing their fingers that this late-night surprise bodes well for new tracks in 2018.