Full Moon and Empty Arms

Album: Greatest Hits: The Early Years, Vol. 2 (1945)
Charted: 17


  • This 1945 Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman penned song is based on a theme from Rachmaniov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. The popularity of the Concerto at the time had been boosted as a result of being used as a musical backdrop to David Lean's film Brief Encounter.
  • The best-known recording of the song was made by Frank Sinatra in 1945. It was one of two versions to enter the Top 20 at the same time, the other being the original by bandleader Ray Noble.
  • Bob Dylan recorded the song in 2015 for Shadows in the Night, an album consisting of covers of traditional pop standards made famous by Frank Sinatra. He released his version as the lead single from the set.
  • In 2001 Muse adapted one of the themes from the Piano Concerto for part of their song "Space Dementia."


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