What was the number one song in the UK on 3rd July 1959?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Hooray, here’s our first number one from American singer, Bobby Darin. Dream Lover was number one for 4 weeks.

This classic Bobby Darin song really showcases his talents as a songwriter. The song builds nicely towards the final chorus and it’s hard to resist tapping your feet along in time with the very pleasing rhythm. It’s a 50’s song that most will have heard of and it has been used multiple times in TV shows and film.

Wikipedia

“Dream Lover” is a song written by Bobby Darin and recorded by him on March 5, 1959. Darin decided to stretch out some chord changes he found on the piano and add strings and voices. The song was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd. It was released as a single on Atco Records in the U.S. in 1959.

It became a multi-million seller, reaching No.2 on the U.S. charts for a week and No.4 on the R&B charts. “Dream Lover” was kept from the No.1 spot by “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton. It did however reach No.1 in the U.K. for four weeks during June and July 1959. In addition to Darin’s vocal, the song features Neil Sedaka on piano. A picture sleeve, featuring a portrait of Darin, was also issued for this record in the U.S.

Lyrics

“Every night I hope and pray
A dream lover will come my way
A girl to hold in my arms
And know the magic of her charms
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone
Dream lover, where are you
With a love, oh, so true
And the hand that I can hold
To feel you near as I grow old
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah, yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone
Someday, I don’t know how
I hope she’ll hear my plea
Some way, I don’t know how
She’ll bring her love to me
Dream lover, until then
I’ll go to sleep and dream again
That’s the only thing to do
Till all my lover’s dreams come true
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah, yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone
Dream lover, until then
I’ll go to sleep and dream again
That’s the only thing to do
Till all my lover’s dreams come true
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone
Please don’t make me dream alone
I beg you don’t make me dream alone
No, I don’t wanna dream alone”

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