Dream Lover

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"Dream Lover"
Single by Bobby Darin
B-side Bullmoose
Recorded March 5 1959
Genre Rock
Label Atlantic (ATCO 6140)
Writer(s) Bobby Darin
Producer(s) Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler

"Dream Lover" is a song written and recorded by Bobby Darin on March 5, 1959. Darin decided to stretch out some chord changes he found on the piano, and add strings and voices.[1] It was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd. The song became a multi-million seller, reaching #2 in US charts for a week and #4 on the R&B charts.[2] Dream Lover was kept from the number one spot by The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton and went to #1 in UK for four weeks during June and July 1959 respectively.[3] It was released as a single on Atco Records in 1959. In addition to Darin's vocal, the song features Neil Sedaka on piano.[4] A picture sleeve, featuring a portrait of Darin, was also issued for this record.

The song is featured in the 1991 movie Hot Shots! starring Charlie Sheen. A remake of the song performed by Dion is also played in full, during the end credits. The song was also used in Michael Apted's 1974 movie Stardust and in Barry Levinson's 1982 debut film Diner. A version of the song, retitled "Dream Maker" and with rewritten lyrics, appears in the pilot of the 1987 TV series Rags to Riches.


"Dream Lover"
Single by Billy "Crash" Craddock
from the album You Better Move On
Released 1971
Format 45 record
Genre Country
Label Cartwheel
Billy "Crash" Craddock singles chronology
"Knock Three Times"
"Dream Lover"
"You Better Move On"

This song was recorded by Duffy Power, (Fontana 194)

  • The song was recorded by Dion, whose version played on the credits of the movie Hot Shots!.
  • The song was recorded by Ben E. King on Ben E. King Sings for Soulful Lovers (1962)
  • The song was recorded by The Paris Sisters, an American "girl group", circa 1964. Their version can be heard as the background song of the 1965 experimental short film, Kustom Kar Kommandos, produced and directed by Kenneth Anger, in which a young man dreamily hand-dusts his beautiful customized automobile while the music plays.
  • The song was recorded by Sandy Posey in 1966 or 1967.
  • The song was recorded by UK glam rock band Mud for their 1979 As You Like It album. They also recorded the song on their 1982 album mud featuring Les Gray.
  • The song was recorded by the punk band Plasmatics in 1979.
  • "Dream Lover" was recorded by Glenn Shorrock, former lead singer of Australian super group Little River Band, in 1979.
  • This song was recorded by John Lennon in 1980. This song was combined together with the song "Stay" written by Maurice Williams. However, its only release is on The Complete Lost Lennon Tapes.
  • The song was recorded by British singer-songwriter Marc Almond on his 2007 album Stardom Road.
  • The song was recorded in 2008 by Australian singer Alfio for his album Classic Rewinds.
  • This song was recorded by The Dollyrots for their August 2010 album A Little Messed Up. Their cover also appears on a season 2 episode of The Vampire Diaries.


In 1994, Darin and Sandra Dee's son Dodd Darin co-authored with Maxine Paetro a book about his parents whose title is inspired by the song. As the publisher's note for Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee describes: "In this intensely personal biography the son of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee goes far beyond the ordinary celebrity bio, revealing the real story behind his parents' shining image - their troubled childhoods, up-and-down careers, brief marriage, and tumultuous lives together and apart."[5]


  1. ^ Bobby Darin interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 145. 
  3. ^ Dream Lover by Bobby Darin Songfacts
  4. ^ Interview by Russell A. Trunk, Neil Sedaka, Still Keeping It Together, Exclusive Magazine, Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Publisher's Note: Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee". barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Roulette" by Russ Conway
UK number-one single
July 3, 1959
Succeeded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard