MELBOURNE, Saturday.— A song composed by the licensee of a well-known Melbourne hotel made musical history this week when it became the first Australian composition to top the sheet music sales.
The song is “Goodnight, Mr. Moon.” The composer, Mr. Allan Ryan, licensee of Young and Jackson’s Hotel, said today: “Band-leader William Lynch [Flynn], who arranged it, and myself, are negotiating to have Bing Crosby sing “Goodnight, Mr. Moon” in a film he is making this year.
“It will be the first Australian composition he has sung in a film.”
The song was praised by Cardinal Spellman when he visited Australia recently.
Neither Mr. Ryan nor Mr. Lynch can play any instrument.
– Truth (Sydney), Sunday 29 August 1948, page 32.
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