Fabian Andre

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Fabian Andre (January 8, 1910 – March 30, 1960) was an American composer, best known for co-writing the music of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with Wilbur Schwandt in 1931.[1] Popular in its time, the song was revived in 1968 when covered by the Mamas & the Papas.

As an orchestra leader, he had a hit with the song "Dance of an Ear of Corn" for Columbia Records in July 1940.[2]


In 1960, Andre was found dead in his hotel room in Mexico City. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be "alcoholic congestion".[3] Years later, the Mamas and the Papas decided to record "Dream a Little Dream of Me" after member Michelle Phillips got word that Andre, whom she met in her childhood, had died supposedly in a fall down an elevator shaft.[4]


  1. ^ NPR audio piece on "Dream a Little Dream of Me" being one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century. Contains information on Andre.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 22. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ "Autopsy Performed". The Laredo Times. Associated Press. April 3, 1960. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Blair, Elizabeth (March 26, 2000). "The Story Of 'Dream A Little Dream'". NPR. Retrieved June 27, 2020.

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