Cliff Edwards — I’ll See You In My Dreams

Thanks to Christopher Wham for the You Tube

Now, for something entirely different.  I’ll See You In My Dreams is one of my all time favorite songs. It was written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn. This recording of it was made February 5, 1930.

Cliff Edwards, who was better known as “Ukulele Ike“, had a long career in show business. He left school at 14 in 1909, started out singing in saloons. He accompanied himself on ukulele because it was the only instrument he could afford. His career didn’t take off until 1918. He recorded his first record in 1919. By the mid 1920’s, his records were selling well, and he was given credit for starting the ukelele craze. People bought and took up the ukelele and the music publishers published sheet music with ukulele chords. His movie career started at MGM in 1929 with the early sound movies. Later, he became a voice actor in Disney cartoons. His most famous role was as Jiminy Cricket in the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio. In that movie, Edwards sang When You Wish Upon A Star, which was his most lasting legacy.

Like many in show business, the long struggle to survive was followed by the “over night” sensation, which led to all kinds of problems. Edwards suffered from alcoholism, drug addiction, divorces, bankruptcy, and finally poor health. Walt Disney and the Disney Corp. were his benefactors in old age.

At a concert in memory of the Late Beatle, George Harrison. after his death, Joe Brown sang I’ll See You In My Dreams note for note exactly like the Cliff Edwards version. An excellent tribute to both men.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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