Today we celebrate the 39th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, which blasted off on July 16, 1969. The Apollo 11 was the first manned flight to land on the moon. Among those on board the rocket ship were astronauts Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who stepped out of their spacecraft and onto the surface of the moon four days later on July 20. At the time, I was a five-year-old with a mild case of Space Fever and I still remember getting special permission from my parents to stay up late to watch the television coverage. I also recall being bitterly disappointed after gazing moonward from the front yard and finding the whole affair completely invisible to the naked eye on the ground.
The Space Fever virus was not necessarily confined to impressionable five-year-olds, however, and I submit the following MP3s as evidence. Oh, and as for the main event touted above featuring a bare-knuckled moon brawl between Country and Bluegrass? Well, it really wasn't much of a contest. Country kicked the butt of Bluegrass, just like it always does.
BONUS LUNAR EXCURSION TUNES
Art Pettibone - Moon Rocket (2:45)
Joey Dixon - Moon Buggy (1:13)
Ole Moon Daddy - Moon Daddy (2:52)
My thanks to reader John M. for his contribution of the "other" Ginny Millay version of Jukebox On The Moon, which is discussed in the comments.