The second single from Robbie Williams’ swing album Swings Both Ways, Dream a Little Dream is a sweetly crooned duet between Robbie and Lily Allen that both feels modern and yet is faithful to the timeless classic covered by countless artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Doris Day and one of Robbie’s favourite Kings of Swing, Mr Dean Martin.
Originally written in 1931, Dream a Little Dream is a gentle and romantic kind of lullaby, and to say Robbie is one of musics biggest posers, loving to strut his stuff and show off, and Lily Allen is one of musics most controversial characters of modern years, the pair handle the material surprisingly delicately.
While they have put their own stamp on the song, care has obviously been taken make sure that the original innocence and sweetness remains intact, and the result is a faithful yet respectfully modern rendition.
In a press release on his website, Robbie described the song as “a favourite song of everybody’s [and] probably one of the sweetest ditties ever written.” He went on to say: “I know it from my dad’s record collection when he left, and then from the Beautiful South covering it.”
Lily Allen was also enthusiastic about the song she was asked to duet on, saying: “Dream A Little Dream is one of my favourite songs of all time so I didn’t hesitate when Robbie asked me if I’d like to duet with him on it. I was a bit nervous when we recorded it, especially when I asked him what he wanted me to do and he said something like ‘just be you’. But I’m really happy with it and think we do justice to a classic song.”
You can see the festive nod of the head to the endearingly chintzy and innocent TV shows of the 1950’s below (featuring Robbie’s long time writing partner and friend Guy Chambers), and you can purchase the single (or indeed the entire album) by heading over to Robbie Williams’ official website, Amazon or iTunes.