Darn That Dream



Darn That Dream (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Eddie DeLange) was introduced in the Broadway musical  Swingin’ the Dream, which opened at the Center Theater on 29 November 1939 and ran for just thirteen performances before closing.

Answers.com provides the a brief description of the ill-fated musical:

Swingin’ the Dream [was a] 1939 Broadway musical version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that reset the fantasy in 1890s Louisiana and used jazz and swing music by Jimmy McHugh to tell its tale. The predominantly black cast featured Louis Armstrong as Bottom, Butterfly McQueen as Puck, and Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley as Quince. Despite a vivacious score played by Benny Goodman and his Sextet, the show only ran 13 performances. The musical retained much of the story’s characters and plot but little of its fantasy elements.

There were three top twenty charting hits with the song in 1940, led off by a recording by
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, featuring vocalist Mildred Bailey. Blue Barron and His Orchestra (#14) and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#16) recorded the other two 1940 hits.


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Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, vocal: Mildred Bailey – 1940


Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker 30 April 1953 — Mulligan (bar. sax), Chet Baker (t), Carson Smith (b), Larry Bunker (d).


Pinky Winters – 1954


Thelonius Monk – c. 1956 with Oscar Pettiford-b, Art Blakey-d


Ahmad Jamal Trio – 1959


Bill Evans & Jim Hall from the album Undercurrent 1963


Dexter Gordon – from Gordon’s One Flight Up – recorded at CBS studios, Paris, France 2 June 1964 — Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Kenny Drew (piano); Art Taylor (drums)


Kenny Dorham Quintet – 1993


Poncho Sanchez featuring Dianne Reeves from the album Afro-Cuban Fantasy1998


Dianne Reeves, with Romero Lubambo (guitarra) —  del álbum de Dianne Reeves A Little Moonlight, 2003



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