You Stepped Out of a Dream

You Stepped Out of a Dream (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Gus Kahn) Tony Martin introduced this future standard in the 1941 MGM film Ziegfeld Girl which starred James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner, and co-starred Tony Martin, Jackie Cooper, Eve Arden, and Philip Dorn.

Early hits were achieved by the recordings of

  • Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocals by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires
  • Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra with vocal by (Guy’s brother) Carmen Lombardo
  • Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with vocalist Harry Babbitt


Tony Martin and chorus sing You Stepped Out of a Dream in a Ziegfeld Girl (1941) production number. The song was performed four times in the film according to IMDb.


Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, vocals by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires – 1941


Nat King Cole – from the 1955 album Nat King Cole Sings for Two In Love , music arranged and orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle



Barney Kessel – from the album Kessel Plays Standards, released 1955

Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone, oboe); Claude Williamson, Hampton Hawes (piano); Monty Budwig, Red Mitchell (bass); Chuck Thompson, Shelly Manne (drums).


Herbie Mann – Verve Jazz Masters 56 – recorded 1960

Leo ball, Jelly Kail, Ziggy Schatz (t)
Johnny Rae (vb)
Knobby Totah (b)
Rudy Collins (ds)
Ray Barretto, Ray Mantilla, Babatunde Olatunji (perc)


Sonny Rollins from Blue Note Vol. 2 – recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey – 14 April 1957 — Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Blakey (drums).


McCoy Tyner - from the album Fly With the Wind – 1976


Art Van Damme – 2001

Van Damme first recorded You Stepped Out of a Dream in 1961.

Our Youtube provider says:

Art on his 81st birthday performing a quartet concert in Detroit USA in 2001. Notice the wrist band he got after a game of golf that afternoon, but the show must go on. Art VanDamme is credited with single-handedly diversifying the repertoire of the accordion at a time when its popularity was restricted to polkas and folk music. His career includes a 15 year stint at NBC Chicago, numerous LP recordings, and extensive nightclub work and concert appearances throughout the USA and Europe.


Acoustic Jazz by an unknown band consisting of, says the provider, Tom Clark – sax, Monika Herzig – piano, Peter Kienle – bass, Lawrence Clark – drums.


Phil Ware Trio – c. 2007 (?) — Phil Ware (piano), Dave Redmond (bass) and Kevin Brady (drums)


Kenny & Leah from their album April in Paris, 2009


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