Dream a Little Dream of Me by Ella Fitzgerald

The song enjoyed its highest charting success in 1968 when it was recorded by Cass Elliot with The Mamas and the Papas followed a year later by a recording by Anita Harris. More than 40 other recordings would follow including the Mills Brothers, Sylvie Vartan, Henry Mancini, The Beautiful South, Anne Murray, Michael Buble and Italian vocal group Blue Penguin (see: List of recorded versions).

This version by Ella and Louis was originally released in 1950 and is regarded as one of the finest duet recordings ever made. It has been remastered and restored by the RCA Archive. The album also features a selection of non-duet tracks by both Fitzgerald and Armstrong. The tempos vary and there are even a few outtakes.

There’s some confusion about who wrote the music for the song. Fabian Andre and Wilber Schwandt have both claimed authorship. The lyrics are by Gus Kahn.

Some people think that old jazz standards make great lullabies for children because they’re melodic, have subtle wordplay and were written in an innocent time. Plus, they don’t use inappropriate words like sex or drugs.

It’s no wonder that this particular song has been covered by so many artists including the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys. It’s also been used in a number of movies and TV shows including the 2011 Hallmark movie The Lost Valentine, Glee and the 2010 Jude Law movie Repo Men. You can hear it as the background music to a scene with Burgess Meredith in Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D and in a segment of the BBC sitcom The League of Gentlemen. ella fitzgerald dream a little dream of me