Glenn Miller recorded the song for V-Disc release in 1944 with the Army Air Force Band. Miles Davis made the song a staple of his repertoire and released it on the 1957 Capitol Records Birth of the Cool collection, the 1996 Blue Note Records album Ballads and Blues, and the 1998 The Complete Birth of the Cool album. The Miles Davis recording appeared in the Ken Burns jazz documentary for PBS entitled Jazz in 2002.
"Moon Dreams" was recorded by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band on January 21, 1944 and was released as a V-Disc, No. 201A, in October, 1944, featuring Sgt. Johnny Desmond and The Crew Chiefs on vocals. Glenn Miller also recorded the song on February 26, 1944 for the I Sustain the Wings radio program and on May 5, 1944 for the Office of War Information (OWI). Martha Tilton recorded "Moon Dreams" in 1942 for Capitol Records, which was co-founded by Johnny Mercer, the co-writer of the song.
"Moon Dreams" also appeared in the 1988 motion picture 36 fillette.
"Moon Dreams" was also featured on the soundtrack collection Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (2000), in a performance by Miles Davis, arranged by Gil Evans. Miles Davis first performed the song in 1948 in concert in New York, a performance which appears on The Complete Birth of the Cool sessions collection.
"Moon Dreams" has been recorded and performed by Herbie Mann, jazz trombonist and composer Don Sebesky on the 1975 album The Rape of El Morro with Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, and Lee Konitz together, Hal McIntyre, Joe Lovano, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Gil Goldstein, Flavio Ambrosetti, Franz Koglmann, The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Helton, University of Connecticut Jazz Ensemble, Orquesta la Zebra Azul, Cool Dawn, Gerry Mulligan on the 1992 GRP album The Re-Birth of the Cool, and Charlie Shoemake.
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- May 5, 1944 recording by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band with Johnny Desmond and the Crew Chiefs on vocals for the Office of War Information (OWI).