Dream Lover

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"Dream Lover"
Single by Bobby Darin
ReleasedApril 20, 1959
GenreRock and roll, doo-wop
Songwriter(s)Bobby Darin
Producer(s)Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler
Bobby Darin singles chronology
"Plain Jane"
"Dream Lover"
"Mack the Knife"

"Dream Lover" is a 1959 song written by Bobby Darin. Darin recorded his composition on March 5, 1959. It was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd.

Song background[edit]

In addition to Darin's vocal, the song features Neil Sedaka on piano.[1] While recording it Darin decided to stretch out some chord changes he found on the piano and add strings and voices.[2] A picture sleeve, featuring a portrait of Darin, was also issued for this record in the U.S.

Chart performance[edit]

It was released as a single on Atco Records in the U.S. in 1959, and became a multi-million seller, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week[3] and No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart.[4] "Dream Lover" was kept from the No. 1 spot by "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton.[3] It did however reach No. 1 on the U.K.'s New Musical Express chart for four weeks during July 1959.[5] The song also reached No. 5 on Norway's VG-lista,[6] No. 5 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade,[7] No. 12 in Flanders, and No. 21 in Wallonia.[8]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1961, Dion DiMucci released his version of "Dream Lover" on the album Runaround Sue

In 1971, Billy "Crash" Craddock released his version of "Dream Lover" as a single. Craddock's version reached No. 1 on Cash Box's Country Top 65 chart[9] and Record World's Country Singles Chart,[10] while reaching No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.[11] Craddock's version was included in his 1972 album You Better Move On.[12]

Country music singers Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell released a duet of "Dream Lover" as a single on Tucker's 1980 album Dreamlovers.


  1. ^ "Neil Sedaka, Still Keeping It Together". Exclusive Magazine (Interview). Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  2. ^ Bobby Darin interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  3. ^ a b "The Billboard Hot 100", Billboard. June 8, 1959. p. 38. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "Hot R&B Sides", Billboard. June 15, 1959. p. 39. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Bobby Darin - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Bobby Darin - Dream Lover, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "1050 CHUM – CHUM Charts". CHUM. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Bobby Darin - Dream Lover, Ultratop. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Country Top 65", Cash Box. September 4, 1971. p. 64. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Country Singles Chart", Record World. August 28, 1971. p. 45. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  11. ^ "Hot Country Singles", Billboard. August 14, 1971. p. 26. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "Billboard Album Reviews", Billboard. February 5, 1972. p. 54. Retrieved February 6, 2021.