Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)

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"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
Single by Glen Campbell
from the album The Last Time I Saw Her
B-side "Here and Now"
Released March 1, 1971
Genre Country
Length 2:32
Label Capitol
Writer(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 as a 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.

It has been covered many times, including by American country music artist Glen Campbell who released it in March 1971 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.[1] It also reached number 4 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967 and also by Waylon Jennings.

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.

A 1983 cover by American country music artist Lacy J. Dalton peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2]

Original Musicians: Roy Orbison - Vocal Fred Carter, Jr. - Rhythm guitar Grady Martin - Electric guitar Bob Moore - Upright Bass Buddy Harmon - Drums Boots Randolph - Saxophone

Chart performance[edit]

Roy Orbison[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
position
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[3] 4
Australian Kent Music Chart 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 8
Norway VG-lista 5
U.K. Singles Chart 2

Glen Campbell[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 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[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10

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