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Everyone's Gone To The Moon

by

Jonathan King



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This enigmatic song with a simple but haunting melody was a big hit for Jonathan King in 1965.
It was once suggested that the Moon in question was a public house in Cambridge; if that were true one could understand the title - "Everyone's Gone To The Pub" doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Although King was a Cambridge undergraduate when he wrote it, this claim has no basis in fact. In his own words, it was intended as a satire on the "Dylan school" of meaningful lyrics; King made a practice of this in his early career.
The British Library holds a copy of the sheet music, a single sided piece of foolscap size paper; it is credited to Kenneth King (King's real name) and published by Marquis Music Co. Ltd of London. The song, which runs to some 2 minutes 34 seconds, was released on Decca backed by "Summer's Coming."
Worldwide, "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" sold over four million copies, entering the Billboard Chart at number 79 week ending September 25, 1965, and peaking at number 17.
In 1995, Philip Norman published a novel with the same title. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above)
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Comments (9):

Great song.. I agree. I was disappointed to see that King was convicted of multiple child molestations and spent time in prison.
- Lawrence, Beverly Hills, CA
King must have loved heavenly bodies; in this, his first charted record, he sings about the 'moon' and in his second charted record it's the 'sun'; that was "Where the Sun Has Never Shone", it peaked at No. 97!!! {He only had two records to make the Top 100}
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Nicely put Chet, a one-of-a-kind song. Seems odd that I would have only been 7 years old when this came out but I remember always liking it and yet at such a young age realizing it had that melancholy sound to it. Even now I hear it and for some reason it makes me sad. But I still like it.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
I am sixtyish great track always remembered by my 3 Daughters they say life is what you make it.Sad what went on but wat the hell follow the moon.
- John, Wirral, United Kingdom
Michelle,MN ------one of my old favorites too.
- Ernie, Seattle, WA
I'm only 30, but I remember this song from when I was a girl. We'd spend Saturday nights listening to Solid Gold Saturday Night and playing poker. It was such a beautiful mystical song. After not hearing for 25 years, it was such a blessing to hear it again.
- Michelle, Minneapolis, MN
I'm only 30, but I remember this song from when I was a girl. We'd spend Saturday nights listening to Solid Gold Saturday Night and playing poker. It was such a beautiful mystical song. After not hearing for 25 years, it was such a blessing to hear it again.
- Michelle, Minneapolis, MN
A great, one-of-a-kind song.
- Chet, Buffalo, NY
In November 1965 we had the gigantic east coast black out. Evryone laughed when this song came on the radio: "Everyone's gone to the Moon". It was just so right for that dark evening. I cannot believe how long ago that was; to me it still seems like yesterday.
- Ellen, new york, AZ
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