Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)

We’ve known this was coming for 6 weeks: the Alito Court overruled Roe and Casey today but it still hurts. The Friday Cocktail Hour is here to provide a small measure of solace to our readers.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming:

Johnny Mercer is best known as a lyricist but wrote many songs on his own. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) is one of them. It continues the dreamy theme from last week as it urges us to “dream, dream, dream.”

Mercer wrote the song I’ll call Dream from now on in 1944. It was the theme song for his radio show. In addition to being a terrific tunesmith, Mercer was a swell singer, but I couldn’t find his version of this week’s song on the YouTube, so covers will have to do. It was how Mercer made his living, after all.

The Pied Pipers had the first whack at the song in 1945. It was a hit.

It’s unknown if Francis Albert recorded Dream┬áin a sweater but his version is indeed Nice-n-Easy.

I’d never heard Roy Orbison’s version until this week. It’s, well, dreamy.

Ella Fitzgerald with Nelson Riddle. Say no more.

Our Mac recorded an all-Mercer album in 2006, Mercernary. Here’s a live version from the Newport Jazz Festival.

For the second consecutive week, Diana Krall closes out the vocal portion of the Friday Cocktail Hour.

What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s song? This time, trumpet titan Charlie Shavers followed by the sax stylings of Buddy Tate.

That’s it for this week. Let’s raise a glass and toast Johnny Mercer for all the great words and music. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.