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Everyone's Gone To The Moon by Jonathan King

Album: Everyone's Gone To The MoonReleased: 1965Charted:
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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