Monday, November 12, 2012

Record #0174: Dream a Little Dream of Me / It Couldn’t Happen To a Sweeter Girl – JACK OWENS

Decca 27096 (original) USA, 1950
Words & Music by:  Side A – Gus Kahn, Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt; Side B – Joe Burke, Charles Tobias
Musicians:  Jack Owens (vocals and piano?) with an orchestra
Recording sessions: New York, NY, May 12, 1950
Highest chart positions: US #14

This could have been something like “the song of the summer” in 1950, when seven recordings of it were released. The other six were done by Louis Jordan, Vaughn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Frankie Laine, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby & Georgia Gibbs (duet). The original recording was done by Ozzie Nelson (the father of Ricky Nelson) in 1931.

Other well-known cover versions of the song were released by Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Barbara Carroll, Dean Martin and The Mamas & the Papas (with Cass Elliot on lead). Michael Bublé has done a cover of it as well.

List price:  Not listed in Goldmine catalog. Apparently this is fairly rare, but I don’t think there’s too much collectors’ demand for the record.

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