You Stepped Out of a Dream


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You Stepped Out of a Dream (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Gus Kahn) — Tony Martin introduced the 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 Royal Canadians with vocal by Carmen Lombardo
  • Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with vocalist Harry Babbitt

Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, vocal: Carmen Lombardo — recorded on 26 February 1941, and issued as Decca B-3676, the flip side of “The Band Played On” (m. Charles B. Ward, w. John F. Palmer)


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


Paul Weston and his Orchestra — instrumental, date unknown


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 in 1955

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


Terry Morel — from the album Songs of a Woman in Love, Bethlehem Records BCP-47, recorded live at the Montclair Supper Club, Jackson Heights, Long Island, NY, late 1955

personnel, from the Jazz Discography Project:
Herbie Mann (flute), Ralph Sharon (piano), Jay Cave (bass), Christy Febbo (drums), Terry Morel (vocals)


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Sonny Rollins – recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey on 14 April 1957; released in September 1957 on the album Sonny Rollins Vol. 2, Blue Note BLP 1558 (Mono)

Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Horace Silver (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Blakey (drums)


McCoy Tyner – from the 1976 album Fly With the Wind


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)



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