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Mr. Sandman (arr. Nowak)

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Pat Ballard

Pat Ballard (arr. Jerry Nowak)

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General Info

Year: 1954 / 1981
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

As a composer, Pat Ballard wrote scores of songs, radio scripts, and productions.  After writing his song Oh Baby Mine in 1954, he decided to write another song.  He wrote Mr. Sandman, which he took to Curly Johnson of Elmira.  His orchestra tried it and found it to be well received.  Ballard sent it to his publisher, but nothing happened.  The tune appeared on the B side of a record of Mombo, recorded by Vaughn Monroe.  In November of that year, Archie Blyer decided to record it with the Chordettes.  It was an overnight smash. 

The song's lyrics convey a request to "Mr. Sandman" to "bring me a dream" – the traditional association of the folkloric figure (but in this context the meaning of dream is more akin to 'dreamboat'). The pronoun used to refer to the desired dream is often changed depending on the sex of the singer or group performing the song, as the original sheet music publication, which includes male and female versions of the lyrics, intended.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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