Bill Murray Will Release An Album This Summer. Here Are His Best Musical Moments To Date

Bill Murray will release an album of American standards set to classical music this summer. The recording will feature Murray singing songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Foster to chamber music played by renowned cellist Jan Vogler as well as violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.

Murray will also read selections from the works of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway. 

The album will be based on Murray's 'New Worlds' project, in which he will perform the songs and readings for live audiences in a program designed to "explore the themes of American history and identity" according to Ben Sisario of The New York Times.

'New Worlds' will premiere at Festival Napa Valley on July 20. And the album will drop in August.

The new project is definitely a departure from the legendary comedian's film work. But it's not the first time that he has indulged his passion for singing. Here are some of his very best musical moments to date.

1. 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'

Diehard Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray followed his team every step of the way during the 2016 playoffs. And in game three of the World Series, Murray treated fans by taking over the PA system at Wrigley Field and serenading the crowd with a rendition of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' that was inspired by Daffy Duck. Check out this clip and you'll get what we mean.

2. 'The Bare Necessities'

While promoting The Jungle Book remake last year, Bill Murray (Baloo) and his young co-star Neel Sethi (Mowgli) stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to sing The Bare Necessities.

3. 'Shelter from the Storm'

In an understated scene from the 2014 dramedy 'St. Vincent', Murray's crotchety, alcoholic character Vincent MacKenna sang along to the Bob Dylan hit 'Shelter from the Storm'.

4. 'I Will Always Love You'

In 2013, Murray helped David Letterman celebrate 20 years of hosting The Late Show by arriving onstage in a Rolls Royce dressed as Liberace. After sharing some fond - and satirical - memories with Dave, he then belted out a rendition of the Whitney Houston classic 'I Will Always Love You' in honor of Letterman.

5. 'More Than This'

During the scene at the Japanese karaoke bar in Sofia Coppola's 'Lost in Translation' (2003), Bill Murray - playing middle-aged actor Bob Harris - serenaded Scarlett Johansson with an awkward yet tender rendition of Roxy Music's More Than This.

6. 'Star Wars'

We couldn't wrap up our list without including a song by Nick the Lounge Singer - one of Murray's first recurring characters on 'Saturday Night Live', which Murray appeared on as a repertory player from 1977-1980. Here he is hamming up the theme to 'Star Wars'.   


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