Bart Howard

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Bart Howard


Bart Howard (born Howard Joseph Gustafson, 1 June 1915, Burlington, Iowa – 21 February 2004, Carmel, N.Y.) was an American composer and songwriter.

Howard began his career as an accompanist at the age of 16. He studied music privately and at the Juilliard School of Music. He served with the United States Army during World War II. He then served as accompanist to Mabel Mercer for four years and was emcee and musical director at the Blue Angel Cabaret Cradle for eight years. He is known most notably for the jazz standard Fly Me to the moon, composed in 1954.

Howard had been partnered with Thomas Fowler for 58 years when he died in 2004.

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