The song of the day for Friday, August 23, 2013 is “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”
About This Song
“Baby, Dream Your Dream” is from the 1966 musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse and starring his wife, Gwen Verdon, as Charity. The music was written by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. I was a sophomore in high school when Sweet Charity opened and its original cast album was played often on my RCA portable stereo. It’s a wonderful score and this song is one the best numbers.
About This Version
I’ve been working on Tony Bennett songs and recording sessions in the 1950s and have been listening to many of his recordings that were released as singles. There’s gold there, and I’m pleased to present one of those recordings today.
Originally sung by the taxi dancers as they aspire to getting out meeting Mr. Right and settling down, Bennett’s version is more the dream of all young couples starting their lives together. I adore this recording: it’s full of love and hope and joy. When I listen to Tony Bennett singing this song, I believe that all things are possible. The arrangement is by David Rose and was produced by Ernie Altschuler.
“Baby, Dream Your Dream,” as well as all of the songs on Columbia Singles, Volume 6, is available from iTunes.