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"Dream a Little Dream of Me" is a song, from c.1931, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, with vocal by Ernie Birchill. A popular standard, more than 60 other versions have been recorded, but one of the highest chart ratings was in 1968 by Mama Cass Elliot with The Mamas & the Papas.
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" was recorded by Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra, with vocal by Nelson, on February 16, 1931 for Brunswick Records. Two days later, Wayne King and His Orchestra, with vocal by Ernie Birchill, recorded the song for Victor Records. "Dream a Little Dream of Me" was also an early signature tune of Kate Smith. In the summer of 1950, seven recordings of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" were in release, with the versions by Frankie Laineand Jack Owens reaching the US Top 20 at respectively #18 and #14: the other versions were by Cathy Mastice, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, Vaughn Monroe, Dinah Shore and a duet version by Bing Crosby and Georgia Gibbs. Other traditional pop acts to record "Dream a Little Dream of Me" includeLouis Armstrong, Barbara Carroll, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Joni James, and Dean Martin.
The song was again recorded in 1968 by Mama Cass Elliot with The Mamas & the Papas, and then by Anita Harris. More than 40 other versions followed, including by the Mills Brothers, Sylvie Vartan, Henry Mancini, The Beautiful South, Anne Murray, Erasure, Michael Bublé, and Italian vocal group Blue Penguin (see below: List of recorded versions).
Ella and Basie!
Ella and Basie! is a 1963 (see 1963 in music) studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra, with arrangements by Quincy Jones. It was later reissued with slightly different cover art as On the Sunny Side of the Street.
Surprisingly, Ella and the Basie band had only recorded together once before, on the 1957 album One O'Clock Jump.
This album was the first time that Fitzgerald and Jones worked together; they would next meet for the Back on the Block sessions in 1989.
This album is revered alongside Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (1961), Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960), Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959), and Ella in Hollywood (1961) as one of Ella's greatest recordings.
For the 1963 Verve LP album, Verve V6-4061
"Honeysuckle Rose" (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 2:42
"'Deed I Do" (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:40
"Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) – 3:20
"Them There Eyes" (Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, William Tracey) – 5:04
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt) – 4:04
"Tea for Two" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 3:10
"Satin Doll" (Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:13
"I'm Beginning to See the Light" (Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James) – 3:57
"Shiny Stockings" (Frank Foster, Ella Fitzgerald) – 3:30
"This Is My Last Affair" (Haven Johnson) – 3:11
"Ain't Misbehavin'" (Harry Brooks, Razaf, Waller) – 3:06
"On the Sunny Side of the Street" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:00
Bonus Tracks; Issued on the 1997 Verve CD Reissue, Verve 539 059-2
"My Last Affair" (Alternative take) – 3:26
"My Last Affair" (Alternative take) – 3:39
"Robbins Nest" (Breakdown) (Illinois Jacquet, Bob Russell, Sir Charles Thompson) – 1:22
"Robbins Nest" (Previously unreleased) – 3:40
"Robbins Nest" (Alternative take) – 3:09
"Robbins Nest" (Alternative take) – 2:55
Recorded from July 16 to July 17, 1963, at A & R Studios, NYC
Ella Fitzgerald - vocals
The Count Basie Orchestra
Count Basie - piano
Sonny Cohn - trumpet
Eric Dixon - flute, tenor saxophone
Frank Foster - flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes - baritone saxophone
Freddie Green - guitar
Benny Powell - trombone
Flip Ricard - trombone, trumpet
Marshal Royal - clarinet, alto saxophone
Buddy Catlett - double bass
Sonny Payne - drums
Quincy Jones - arranger
Val Valentin - recording engineer
Jay Thompson - cover photo.