Jazz Play Along – You Stepped Out of a Dream
by Gus Kahn (words) and Nacio Herb Brown (music)
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“You Stepped Out of a Dream” is a popular song with music written by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Gus Kahn that was published in 1940. The song has become a pop and jazz standard, with many recorded versions.
It was a centerpiece in the 1941 musical Ziegfeld Girl, in which it was sung by Tony Martin and accompanied an iconic image of Lana Turner walking down a grand staircase. Although Turner never officially sang or recorded the song, it became her theme song during her peak years as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies, often played when she entered a nightclub or restaurant.
The song is played in the film The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) during a murder scene.
The song was added to the Chichester/London 2012 Revival version of the musical Singin’ in the Rain.
Many artists have performed other versions of this jazz standard, as:
Dave Brubeck – 1950 Peter Cincotti Nat King Cole Ray Conniff Eddie Lockjaw Davis Teddy Edwards The Four Freshmen Art Garfunkel Stan Getz – 1950 Dexter Gordon – A Swingin' Affair (1962) Johnny Griffin and Martial Solal – In and Out (1999) Johnny Hartman – This One's for Tedi (1985) Shirley Horn – You Won't Forget Me (1990) Barney Kessel – Kessel Plays Standards (1955) Kay Kyser Guy Lombardo Warne Marsh Johnny Mathis – Wonderful, Wonderful (1957) Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle – 1941 Brew Moore Lennie Niehaus – Vol.1: The Quintets (1954) Sonny Rollins with J. J. Johnson – Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2 (1957) George Shearing – 1941 Archie Shepp McCoy Tyner – Fly with the Wind (1976) Teddy Weatherford Julie London - Julie at Home (1960) Ilse Huizinga - Out of a Dream (1997) Anthony Braxton - Five Pieces 1975 (1975)  Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 470–471