I'll See You in My Dreams (1924 song)

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"I'll See You in My Dreams" is a popular song. It was written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and was published in 1924. Originally recorded by Isham Jones and the Ray Miller Orchestra, it charted for 16 weeks during 1925, spending seven weeks at number 1 (US).[1] Other popular versions in 1925 were by Marion Harris; Paul Whiteman; Ford & Glenn; and Lewis James,[2] with three of these four reaching the Top 10.

The song was chosen as the title song of the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams, a musical biography of Kahn.

Popular recordings of it were made by many leading artists including Cliff Edwards, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby (recorded November 27, 1947),[3] Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Mario Lanza, Tony Martin, Anita O'Day, The Platters, Ezio Pinza, Sue Raney, Jerry Lee Lewis (1958, instrumental), Andy Williams,[4] and Linda Scott.[5] A "Texas Swing" version of the song was recorded by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

The song was also recorded by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, and inspired Merle Travis to record it as a guitar instrumental. Many other guitarists including Chet Atkins and Thom Bresh followed in Merle's footsteps. Michel Lelong, a French guitarist, published the first tab of this Travis' arrangement for the American publisher/guitarist Stefan Grossman's Guitare Workshop during the 1980s, following by Thom Bresh (Merle Travis 's son) for Homespun Tapes, and Marcel Dadi for Stefan Grossman 's Guitar Worshop.

It was recorded by Mario Lanza on his Coca-Cola Show of 1951-2 and is available on a compilation album mastered from those same shows, and featuring the same title, I'll See You in My Dreams, released by BMG in 1998.

Pat Boone version[edit]

"I'll See You in My Dreams"
I'll See You in My Dreams - Pat Boone.jpg
Single by Pat Boone
from the album I'll See You in My Dreams
B-side"Pictures in the Fire"
ReleasedJanuary 1962
Songwriter(s)Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
Pat Boone singles chronology
"Just Let Me Dream"
"I'll See You in My Dreams"
"Quando Quando Quando"

The most recent version of "I'll See You in My Dreams" to become a chart hit is by Pat Boone. It is the title track of his 1962 LP. The song peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the Adult Contemporary chart. It also became a hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 27.

The record's B-side, "Pictures in the Fire," charted concurrently with "I'll See You in My Dreams," reaching number 77 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number 63 on Cash Box, and number 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
UK (The Official Charts Company) 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 32
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 9
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 35

Other cover versions[edit]

Film appearances[edit]


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