Mele Fong and her husband Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders – sing and play Young at Heart on ‘ukulele and u-bass over photos of fun activities at and through Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui. Plus, Rich plays harmonica solo. #playuke
Mele’s arrangement is in F with 4And Strum for ‘ukulele.
This pop standard was originally an instrumental by Johnny Richards called “Moonbeam.” It became the song “Young at Heart” when Carolyn Leigh added lyrics in 1953. Frank Sinatra, who had been absent from the pop charts for a few years, came back with a million-selling hit when he was the first to record the song in 1953. Three years after releasing it as a single, he would include it on his 1956 album This Is Sinatra! The single was so successful on the (pre-Billboard Hot 100) pop charts that the film Sinatra was working on with Doris Day was renamed Young at Heart. The song plays during the opening and closing credits.
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