Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fitzgerald & Armstrong:Dream a Little Dream of Me



This version is sung by Ella Fitzgerald, the First lady of Song; and Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo, one of the great American jazz trumpeters.

Personal note: I had the pleasure to meet Ms. Fitzgerald in 1975, when after our high school band finished performing at a venue in Hamilton, Ontario, we saw her walking along the streets unaccompanied. That was possible then; no bodyguards. With the audacity and freedom of youth, a few of us briefly performed a jazz piece. I think it was "King of the Road." She was very gracious in her criticism, and remarked to us. "Practice, boys. Keep practicing."

First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald [1917-96], 1940.
Photo Credit: Carl Van Vechten, January 19, 1940
Source: From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/van:@field(NUMBER+@band(cph+3c00859))

Dream a Little Dream of Me:
Music: Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt
Lyrics: Gus Kahn.
 
Dream a Little Dream of Me

Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "i love you"
Birds singin’ in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you’ll miss me
While I’m alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me

Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I’m longin’ to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

(instrumental break)

Stars shining up above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "i love you"
Birds singin’ in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

Yes, dream a little dream of me

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