1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
I Dreamed recorded by Betty Johnson with Lew Douglas and his Orchestra
Written by Charles Grean and Marvin Moore Introduced November 24, 1956, on Bally records #1020
Betty Johnson, born in North Carolina in 1931, was a regular performer on the original NBC-TV ‘Tonight Show’ starring Jack Paar. I Dreamed was her biggest hit even though it barely edged into the top-ten in 1956. Her husband, musical conductor Charles Randolph Grean, and Marvin Moore wrote the song for her in an episode of the NBC TV daytime series ‘Modern Romances.’ Betty Johnson’s wholesome personality suited this fluffy song about a young girl’s dream of being a queen who abdicates her throne for her true love. It begins with a male chorus repeating “dream on little girl, dream on little girl” and as her dream progresses, the background singers, repeat the catchy refrain “Knights in armor, princes, kings, buccaneers, and wedding rings.” The song ends with her upbeat belief that she would be the queen of the world and all of her dreams would come true if only the boy in her dreams would choose her. Betty Johnson was born in 1932 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She married musical conductor Charles Randolph Grean. As a regular on NBC-TVs Tonight Show starring Jack Paar she scored a modest hit in 1958 with the novelty song The Little Blue Man whose voice was provided by newsman and Jack Parr announcer/sidekick Hugh Downs. She recorded another amusing, top-forty, novelty song, the holiday recording I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas in December of 1954.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I dreamed that at my coronation, I shocked every foreign nation, giving up my throne to marry you, cause I’d be queen of all the world the day you say that I’m your girl"