When I Grow Too Old to Dream

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"When I Grow Too Old to Dream" is a popular song with music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1934. The song has become a pop standard, recorded by many artists, most notably Nat King Cole, The Everly Brothers & Gracie Fields however it was first sung by Evelyn Laye.

Early hits versions (according to charts in Pop Memories 1890-1954 by Joel Whitburn {1986}) include: Decca 349 by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra (charted 2-9-35 for 23 weeks, peaking at # 1 for 4 weeks) Victor 285 by Nelson Eddy (charted 8-10-35 for 4 weeks, peaking at #8).[1]

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In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was featured in a 1935 MGM musical film called The Night Is Young starring Ramon Novarro and Evelyn Laye. The song is referred to in the movie "I Never Sang For My Father" as the song the father had always asked his son to sing.
  • In the Australian soap opera "A Place to Call Home", Elizabeth Bligh (Noni Hazlehurst) sings the song at Douglas' refuge in the episode called "Too Old to Dream".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pop Memories: The History of American Pop Music by Joel Whitburn (published 1986)
  2. ^ Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
  3. ^ Ed Townsend, "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" chart position Retrieved August 15, 2016.