Dream (1944 song)

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"Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)"
Songwriter(s)Johnny Mercer

"Dream", sometimes referred to as "Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)", is a jazz and pop standard with words and music written by Johnny Mercer in 1944. He originally wrote it as a theme for his radio program.[1] It has been and performed by many artists, with the most popular versions of this song recorded by The Pied Pipers, Frank Sinatra, and Roy Orbison.


For Capitol Records, The Pied Pipers, with lead singer June Hutton, made a version of "Dream" (catalog number 185, with the flip side "Tabby the Cat"[2]) which became a major hit in 1945. Vocal group The Skylines, singing with Ray Anthony's orchestra, would revive this ballad in the 1955 Fred AstaireLeslie Caron musical film, Daddy Long Legs.

Johnny Preston released a version of the song on his 1960 album, Running Bear.[3]

Andy Williams released a version on his 1964 album, The Wonderful World of Andy Williams.

In 1970, a vocal quartet which included lead singer Sue Allen (who sang with The Pied Pipers in the 1950s), recorded it with the same arrangement as the 1945 hit version, for Time-Life Records. On October 22, 2008, this version was used in the teaser trailer for the 2K Games BioShock sequel, BioShock 2, and featured for a brief flash during the game's opening cutscene.

"Dream" was also recorded (on April 14, 1958) by Betty Johnson (issued by Atlantic Records as catalog number 1186, with the flip side "How Much")[4][5] in a version that spent seven weeks on the charts: #19 on the Billboard chart of songs most played by disc jockeys and #58 on the Billboard top 100 chart. Roy Orbison included a cover of the song on his popular and critically acclaimed 1963 album for Monument Records, In Dreams. More recently, Orbison's version was resurrected for the soundtrack to the 1998 film, You've Got Mail.

A lush version, with orchestrations and arrangements by Nelson Riddle can be heard on the 1964 Verve release Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook.

Other notable versions include a best-selling single by Frank Sinatra on Columbia Records (with the Axel Stordahl Orchestra and the Ken Lane singers; originally catalog number 36797, with the flip side "There's No You";[6] reissued as catalog number 40522, with flip side "American Beauty Rose"[7]) which spent 7 weeks on the charts, peaking at #5 in 1945, (as well as a version on his 1960 album for Capitol, Nice 'n' Easy), a rendition from blues legend Etta James in 1961, Ringo Starr's version in 1970 album Sentimental Journey,[8] and most recently Michael Bublé's version in 2007.

Enoch Light and His Light Brigade Orchestra released their version of Dream in 1955.

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall included the song in her 2017 studio album Turn Up the Quiet.[9]


  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 1, side B.
  2. ^ "Capitol Records in the 101 to 499 series". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  3. ^ Johnny Preston, Running Bear Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "Atlantic Records discography: Betty Johnson". Jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  5. ^ "Atlantic Records discography". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  6. ^ "Columbia Records in the 36500 to 36999 series". 78discography.com. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  7. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone Columbia Records in the 40500 to 40999 series
  8. ^ Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles a Diary: An Intimate Day by Day History. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780711963153.
  9. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Turn Up the Quiet – Diana Krall". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-15.