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 song written by Bobby Darin and recorded by him on March 5, 1959. Darin decided to stretch out some chord changes he found on the piano and add strings and voices.[1] The song was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd. It was released as a single on Atco Records in the U.S. in 1959. It became a multi-million seller, reaching No.2 on the U.S. charts for a week and No.4 on the R&B charts.[2] "Dream Lover" was kept from the No.1 spot by "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton. It did however reach No.1 in the U.K. for four weeks during June and July 1959.[3] In addition to Darin's vocal, the song features Neil Sedaka on piano.[4] A picture sleeve, featuring a portrait of Darin, was also issued for this record in the U.S.

The song is featured in the 1991 movie Hot Shots! starring Charlie Sheen. A remake of the song performed by Dion (1961) is also played in full, during the end credits. The song was also used in the 1973 movie That'll be The Day and in Barry Levinson's 1982 debut film Diner. A version of the song, retitled "Dream Maker" and with rewritten lyrics, appears in the pilot of the 1987 TV series Rags to Riches. In 2014, the song was featured in the episode "The Immutable Truth" of Bates Motel.

Peter McCann released a version of the song as a single in 1982 which did not chart.[5]


  1. ^ Bobby Darin interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 145.
  3. ^ "Dream Lover by Bobby Darin". Songfacts.
  4. ^ "Neil Sedaka, Still Keeping It Together". Exclusive Magazine (Interview). Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Peter McCann, "Dream Lover" single release Retrieved June 26, 2016.

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