Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (song)

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"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (also known as "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away)") is a popular song written by Harry Barris with lyrics by Ted Koehler and Billy Moll, published in 1931.

The original 1931 popular hit recording was made by Bing Crosby with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra on March 2, 1931 for Victor Records,[1] but the song has become a standard, recorded by many other artists since. Bing Crosby recorded the song four times over his career as well as performing its film debut in the Mack Sennett short, One More Chance (1931). An outtake from one of the sessions recorded on June 9, 1939[2] was preserved by blooper compiler Kermit Schafer in which Bing has his most famous “blowup” when he continues singing ad-lib and occasionally risqué words perfectly in tune.[3]

“Life’s really funny that way.
Sang the wrong melody
We’ll play it back
See what it sounds like, hey-hey.
“They cut out eight bars,
the dirty bastards.
I didn’t know which eight bars,
he was gonna cut.
Why don’t somebody tell me
these things around here?
Holy Christ, I’m going off my nut.”

That outtake was presented in the PBS American Masters episode Bing Crosby Rediscovered.[4]

Imogene Coca performed this song in an episode of Your Show of Shows while dressed as a hobo; the audience reaction was so favorable that she encored her version in the last episode of the variety series, making this the only song she performed in two different episodes of Your Show of Shows.

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  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Macfarlane, Malcolm. "Bing Crosby - Day by Day". BING magazine. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered Soundtrack CD - shopPBS.org". www.shoppbs.org. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07.
  5. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 201. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  8. ^ "45worlds.com". 45worlds.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Wilson, John S. (4 April 1982). "Jazz: Alberta Hunter Marks Her 87Th Birthday in Action". The New York Times.

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