With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming

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"With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming"
Song by Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell
Published 1934
Composer(s) Harry Revel
Lyricist(s) Mack Gordon

"With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" is a popular song. The music was composed by Harry Revel with lyrics by Mack Gordon, and published in 1934. The song was introduced by Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell in the movie Shoot the Works directed in 1934 by Wesley Ruggles.

Background[edit]

The first versions to make the charts were in 1934 when Leo Reisman's version reached number three and Isham Jones's version reached number 11. That same year the song was recorded by Ruth Etting.

Patti Page had a number 11 hit with "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" (Mercury Records #5344)[1] in 1950. Having previously recorded both vocal parts on the duet "Confess", Page had been intrigued by the possibility of using overdubbing techniques to record as a "one-woman quartet"; when Mercury a&r director Mitch Miller received Page's suggestion skeptically the singer prepped a demo showcasing her multi-tracked vocals which drew Millers' consent to have Page record "With My Eyes Wide Open..." in this manner. Recorded in a 3 December 1949 session in New York City with Jack Rael conducting his orchestra, "With My Eyes Wide Open..." became Page's first million-seller and established her trademark vocal sound. Page re-recorded "With My Eyes Wide Open..." - with what was considered a "rock and roll" arrangement - in an 11 May 1959 session in New York City: this version reached number 59.[2]

"With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" was also sung by Dean Martin in the 1952 film The Stooge.

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