Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)

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"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) - Roy Orbison.jpg
Single by Roy Orbison
from the album Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
B-side"The Actress"
ReleasedFebruary 1962
GenreRockabilly
LabelMonument
Songwriter(s)Cindy Walker
Roy Orbison singles chronology
"Crying"
(1961)
"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
(1962)
"The Crowd"
(1962)
"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) - Glen Campbell.jpg
Single by Glen Campbell
from the album The Last Time I Saw Her
B-side"Here and Now"
ReleasedMarch 1, 1971
GenreCountry
Length2:32
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Cindy Walker
Producer(s)Al DeLory
Glen Campbell singles chronology
"It's Only Make Believe"
(1970)
"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
(1971)
"The Last Time I Saw Her"
(1971)

"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" is a song written by Cindy Walker which was first recorded and released by Roy Orbison originally as a non-album single in 1962. It was a big international hit for Orbison, where it reached number 2 in both the Australian and the U.K. singles charts and number 4 in the U.S. Billboard. It was also a top ten hit in Canada and Norway. Five months later, "Dream Baby" was included on Orbison's Greatest Hits compilation LP.

Chart history[edit]

Musicians:

Glen Campbell version[edit]

American country music artist Glen Campbell covered "Dream Baby" in 1971. It was released in March of that year as the lead single from his album The Last Time I Saw Her. The song peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[6] It also reached number 4 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

Chart (1971) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 31
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 4
Canadian RPM Top Singles 20
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 6
UK Singles Chart 39

Lacy J. Dalton cover[edit]

A 1983 cover by American country music artist Lacy J. Dalton peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[9]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10

Other cover versions[edit]

The Beatles performed the song in front of a live studio audience on 7 March 1962 for the BBC radio programme Teenager's Turn, which was broadcast the following day. This was the Beatles' first ever BBC radio session. It has never been officially issued.

"Dream Baby" was also covered by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967 and also by Waylon Jennings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Dream Baby". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 3 May 1962
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 31, 1962
  5. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  6. ^ "Glen Campbell singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Lacy J. Dalton singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Lacy J. Dalton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.