I'll See You in My Dreams (song)

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I'll See You In My Dreams by Beachcomber-tenor sax

"I'll See You in My Dreams" is a popular song. It was written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and was published in 1924. Originally recorded by Isham Jones and the Ray Miller Orchestra, it charted for 16 weeks during 1925, spending seven weeks at number 1.[1]

The song was chosen as the title song of the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams, a musical biography of Kahn. Popular recordings of it were made by many leading artists including Marion Harris (1924), Cliff Edwards, Louis Armstrong, Pat Boone, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Mario Lanza, Tony Martin, Anita O'Day, The Platters, Ezio Pinza, Sue Raney, Jerry Lee Lewis (1958, instrumental) and Andy Williams.[2] A "Texas Swing" version of the song was recorded by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

The song was also recorded by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, and inspired Merle Travis to record it as a guitar instrumental. Many other guitarists including Chet Atkins and [Thom Bresh] followed in Merle's footsteps. Michel Lelong, a French guitarist, published the first tab of this Travis' arrangement for the American publisher/guitarist Stefan Grossman's Guitare Workshop during the 1980's, following by Thom Bresh (Merle Travis 's son)for Homespun Tapes, and Marcel Dadi for Stefan Grossman 's Guitar Worshop.

The song was on the soundtrack for the 1940 film Kitty Foyle, which won Ginger Rogers her only Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. It was recorded by Mario Lanza on his Coca-Cola Show of 1951-2 and is available on a compilation album mastered from those same shows, and featuring the same title, I'll See You in My Dreams, released by BMG in 1998.

Instrumental versions of the song were featured prominently in the 1946 20th Century-Fox motion picture The Razor's Edge (arranged by Herbert Spencer); as well as in the opening of the 1946 Tom and Jerry cartoon episode, "The Milky Waif".

Other cover versions[edit]

  • The Bachelors recorded their version of the song in 1963, which appeared on their first EP, The Bachelors.[3]
  • In 1976, Ron Goodwin and His Orchestra recorded the song on their album Rhythm and Romance.
  • In 1976, British female vocal duo the Pearls released a disco version of the song, which was pressed in the US on a 10" promo disc as well as the regular 7" single.[4]
  • A 1953/54 version by Eddie Cochran was released in 1997 on the album Rockin' It Country Style.[5]
  • In the late 1980s to the end of the 1990s, Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins performed it live as a medley with John Lennon's "Imagine".[6]
  • The English singer Joe Brown performed a version of the song on the ukulele as the finale of the George Harrison tribute concert, Concert for George, in 2002.
  • In 2003, the Portuguese metal band Moonspell recorded a version that would serve as soundtrack for the short horror movie I'll See You in My Dreams, of which was also recorded a music video.[7]
  • In 2005, American singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson recorded a cover of the song for her debut album Slow the Rain.[8]
  • In 2010, Australian singer Melinda Schneider recorded the song for her Doris Day tribute album Melinda Does Doris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CD liner notes: Chart-Toppers of the Twenties, 1998 ASV Ltd.
  2. ^ "I'll See You in My Dreams". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Bachelors, The - Charmaine (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Pearls, The / Pearls' Orchestra, The - I'll See You In My Dreams / Pearly (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Eddie Cochran - Rockin' It Country Style (The Legendary Chuck Foreman Recordings 1953-55) (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ "Moonspell - I'll See You In My Dreams". YouTube. 2006-02-12. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson - Slow The Rain (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01.