When choosing a call sign for the newly formed top secret “Commando Sabre” operation, the first commander, Bud Day, chose his and his wife’s favorite song, “Misty”.
Erroll Garner – “Misty” (1963)
“Misty” is a jazz standard written in 1954 by pianist Erroll Garner. He composed it as an instrumental in the traditional 32-bar format and recorded it for the album Contrasts (1955). Lyrics were added later by Johnny Burke. It became the signature song of Johnny Mathis, appearing on his 1959 album Heavenly and reaching number 12 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart later that year. The song has been recorded many times, including versions by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.