‘Dream When The Day Is Through’

As I scouted out possible post topics for the coming weeks last evening, I checked out the Billboard Hot 100 from May 5, 1962, a date fifty-two years gone yesterday. At the top of the heap was the Shirelles’ “Soldier Boy,” in the first of its three weeks at No. 1. I scanned the rest of the Top Ten and found only one surprise: “Slow Twistin’,” by Chubby Checker with Dee Dee Sharp. Then I headed for the bottom of the chart, where I generally find stuff I’ve never heard before.

That held true last evening. Bubbling under at No. 106, in its first week in the chart, was “Dream” by Dinah Washington. I’m not sure I really love the arrangement, but the vocal is affecting.

I’ve got a few things by Dinah Washington on the shelves: five or so LPs, one CD and a few more things on the digital shelves. But “Dream” was new to me. The version that was listed in the 1962 Hot 100 – the version above – was a remake of a 1954 single. That 1954 version went to No. 9 on the Billboard R&B chart, where Washington had forty-seven hits between 1944 and 1961. On the pop chart, she hit twenty-one times between 1959 and 1963, when she died from a drug overdose.

The 1962 version of “Dream” moved up to No. 92 the following week and then was gone from the chart. One hesitates to read too much into a singer’s interpretation, but in Washington’s delivery of the simple lyric, I hear a weariness, perhaps leavened with hope, but nevertheless there.

We’ll be back Thursday, maybe with another look at that Hot 100 from May 5, 1962.

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One Response to “‘Dream When The Day Is Through’”

  1. Vintage Spins says:

    Sorry I missed the original incarnation, but I’m enjoying my strolls through your archives, whiteray. I’m assuming that, in those days, you were posting the songs (rather than the youtube videos of today)?

    Marie

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