With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming

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"With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming"
Introduced in the movie Shoot the Works.
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Published 1934
Language English
Original artist Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell
Recorded by Leo Reisman,
Isham Jones,
Patti Page,
many other artists (see #Recorded versions)

"With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" is a popular song.

Background[edit]

It was written by Harry Revel (musicwriter) and Mack Gordon (lyricist), and published in 1934. The song was introduced by Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell in the movie Shoot the Works.

The first versions to make the charts were in 1934 when Leo Reisman's version reached #3 and Isham Jones's version reached #11. That same year the song was recorded by Ruth Etting.

Patti Page had a #11 hit with "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" (Mercury Records #5344)[1] in 1950. Having previously recorded both vocal parts on the duet "Confess", Page had been intrigued by the possibility of using overdubbing techniques to record as a "one-woman quartet"; when Mercury a&r director Mitch Miller received Page's suggestion skeptically the singer prepped a demo showcasing her multi-tracked vocals which drew Millers' consent to have Page record "With My Eyes Wide Open..." in this manner. Recorded in a 3 December 1949 session in New York City with Jack Rael conducting his orchestra, "With My Eyes Wide Open..." became Page's first million-seller and established her trademark vocal sound. Page re-recorded "With My Eyes Wide Open..." - with what was considered a "rock and roll" arrangement - in an 11 May 1959 session in New York City: this version reached #59.[2]

"With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" was also sung by Dean Martin in the 1952 The Stooge.

Recorded versions[edit]

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