The song of the day for Monday, November 2, 2015 is “Dream a Little of Me.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” was written in 1931, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, The song has remained popular over the decades, with recordings by Kate Smith, Frankie Laine, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Doris Day and even The Mamas and The Papas, with Mama Cass.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and k.d. lang recorded “Dream a Little of Me” in March 2002 for their album Tony Bennett and k.d. lang: A Wonderful World. The album was arranged by Lee Musiker, who also led the quartet with Gray Sargent on guitar, Paul Langosch on bass and Clayton Cameron on drums.
This album was the first Tony Bennett I ever bought (yes, I know I was late to the party), mainly because I was a big k.d. lang fan. I fell in love with Tony Bennett about half-way through the first song. This is a lovely album, devoted to songs sung by the great Louis Armstrong, who first recorded this song in 1950.
“Dream a Little of Me,” as well as A Wonderful World, is available from iTunes.