“Moon Over Miami”

“Moon Over Miami”

Usage conditions apply

This sheet music is for the song “Moon Over Miami,” with lyrics by Edgar Leslie and music by Joe Burke. It was published by Irving Berlin, Inc. in New York, New York, in 1935. The cover features an inset photograph of Ken Sparnon, and an image of a Moon above a coastal shoreline reflected in the water while a couple stands arm in arm at the shore serenaded by a trio of guitar playing singers.

Kenneth H. Sparnon (1895-1972) was a pianist, organist, trombonist, and arranger who performed in vaudeville and in movie theater stage shows. He was also music director of radio stations in Syracuse and Rochester, New York and provided consultant services to radio music directors as an employee of the Broadcast Music Inc.

Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
publishing date
Burke, Joe
Leslie, Edgar
Sparnon, Ken
Irving Berlin, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Arabella S. Sparnon
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Was the song written to counteract the negative publicity of the 1935 hurricane that caused such destruction in Miami and South Florida? Any source on the motivation to write the song?

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.