John M. Blackburn (October 19, 1913, Massillon, Ohio â€“ November 15, 2006 Newport, Oregon) was a lyricist, perhaps best remembered for writing the lyrics to "Moonlight in Vermont".
He was raised in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.
He traveled with a puppet theater that brought him to Vermont, inspiring the lyrics to "Moonlight in Vermont", the music was composed by Karl Suessdorf. It was introduced by Margaret Whiting in 1944.
In 1957, Oscar Peterson recorded Blackburn's "Susquehanna". "Moonlight in Vermont" is a popular song about the U.S. state of Vermont, written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1943.
The lyrics are very unusual for an American pop song of the 1940s, because they do not rhyme and are impersonal, focusing mostly on the sensory appeal of the Vermont countryside while alluding briefly to romance. The lyrics are also metrically subtleâ€”each verse (not counting the bridge) is a haiku. The song is considered an unofficial state song of Vermont and is frequently played as the first dance song at Vermont wedding receptions.
An early version was recorded by Margaret Whiting in 1943. The song.