Oh What a Dream

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"Oh What a Dream"
Single by Ruth Brown
B-side"Please Don't Freeze"[1]
ReleasedJune 1954
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)Chuck Willis
Ruth Brown singles chronology
"If I Had Any Sense"
"Oh What a Dream"
"Somebody Touched Me"

"Oh What a Dream" is a 1954 blues song written by Chuck Willis and originally performed by Ruth Brown[2] backed by members of The Drifters (only credited as her Rhythmakers[1]). The song has been described as a torch song with a gospel tint, adding up to a big dose of that R&B balladeering as expressed in the lyrics and Brown's soulful performance:

"Dreamed I held you in my arms

But I'm still waiting for that day to come

Ohh what a dream, what a dream I had last night"[3]

The single became Brown's fourth number one on the U.S. R&B chart.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Patti Page had an August 1954 single release of the song - as "What a Dream" - which reached #10 pop.
  • In 1960, Conway Twitty had a minor pop hit with his version of the song.


  1. ^ a b THE EARLY DRIFTERS discography
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 3 - The Tribal Drum: The rise of rhythm and blues. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  3. ^ Wild Realm Reviews: Ruth Brown
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 87.