Mama Cass Dream a Little Dream of Me

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Mama Cass Dream a Little Dream of Me

The Papas and Mamas album cover

Pop Music

The song is a pop standard, written by Gus Kahn and first recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra as well as Wayne King and his Orchestra. There have been numerous covers, with versions by Kate Smith, Frankie Laine, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, Dinah Shore, Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, The Mills Brothers, Dean Martin, and many more. One of the high charting ones was by Mama Cass Elliot (with some background vocals from The Mamas & The Papas) in 1968. They recorded it for their 1968 album titled The Papas & The Mamas as well as a single, which was backed with “Midnight Voyage” on the B-Side. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Mama Cass went to #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. #2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, and #10 in Cash Box. It was also a hit internationally, including a rise to #11 in the U.K., #13 in Ireland, #8 in South Africa, and #1 in Australia. The Mamas & The Papas were on the verge of disbanding in 1968, and some of the members were not happy with the credit for Mama Cass, but so goes the music biz…Cass Elliott also released a slightly different rendition of the song on her 1968 solo debut album titled Dream a Little Dream.

The Mamas and The Papas formed as a vocal folk rock group in New York City and performed from 1956 to 1968. John and Michelle Phillips had been with The New Journeymen. Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot had been with The Mugwumps.

Here are the lyrics to “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Mama Cass:

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

Say night-ie 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 longing 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

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

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

If you are interested in reading about and listening to another song by The Mamas and The Papas: “California Dreamin’.”

If you are interested in an album by The Mamas and The Papas, please click on the photo below:

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