The Mamas & the Papas

Dream a Little Dream of Me

Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

What should have been the last great Mamas & Papas single, "Dream a Little Dream" is a cover of the 1940s hit for Frankie Laine. The song came to be cut by the Mamas when John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, and Michelle's father were hanging out in early 1968, and began talking about the recent death of one of the song's writers, Favian Andre. (Andre had been a friend of Michelle's father while he was in Mexico.) And so, due to the fact that the Mamas were "always scamming for material," according to Michelle, John Phillips proceeded to work up a brilliant, old-timey arrangement that fit the group's style like a glove. A folksy, fingerpicking guitar arrangement is the core here, and singer Cass Elliot's fabulous performance (complete with scat whistling) creates a sound that feels like one of the group's originals. The song was released as an album cut on the band's fourth record. As the group was breaking up, Dunhill Records released it as a Mama Cass solo single, "featuring the Mamas & the Papas." It was a huge hit; a great start for Elliott's solo career, and a classy end (despite the confusion of the billing of the release) for the actual band.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Papas & the Mamas 1968 MCA 3:17
16 of Their Greatest Hits 1969 MCA 3:13
20 Golden Hits 1973
Hits of Gold 1981 MCA 3:12
The Best of the Mamas & the Papas [MCA] 1987 MCA
The Ultimate Collection 1988 Geffen / MCA / Universal 3:13
Mamas & the Papas [MCA Collection] 1990 MCA
Creeque Alley 1991 MCA 3:12
Creeque Alley: The History of the Mamas and the Papas 1991 Geffen 3:15
Daydream 1992 BMG / Ariola 0:00
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
3:12
Beautiful Thing 1996
Original Soundtrack
MCA 3:12
Greatest Hits 1998 MCA 3:14
Love Rocks, Vol. 1: In Love with Love 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:14
Best of the Mamas & the Papas: 20th Century Masters 1999 MCA 3:14
Universal Masters Collection: Classic 1999 Polygram / Universal 3:15
Best of the Mamas & the Papas [Import] 2001 Spectrum Music 3:11
All the Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection 2001 MCA 3:15
Diamonds Are Forever 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:12
Drivetime [Universal] 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:12
Main Attractions 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:12
Complete Anthology 2005 Universal / MCA 3:15
Gold 2005 DGC / Geffen 3:16
California Dreamin': The Songs of the Mamas & the Papas 2005 Hip-O
Under the Influence 2005 Under The Influence 3:10
True Drivetime 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:11
Kuschel Jazz, Vol. 4 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:12
Beautiful Melodies for Kids 2009
Various Artists
Karussell / Universal 3:12
Repo Men 2010
Original Soundtrack
Relativity 3:12
The Complete Singles: 50th Anniversary Collection 2016 Razor & Tie / Real Gone Music 3:15
Timeless Love Songs [2018] 2018
Various Artists
Universal 3:15
60's Pop Essentials
Various Artists
Universal 3:14
Easy Listening Classics: Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time Life / Time / Life Music 3:14
Folk Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:14
Grace & Frankie
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 3:15
Home Sweet Home [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:14
Morning Commute Again
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
Pop Supergroups
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
Unforgettable [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
Viaje A 1968
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
Work From Home Chill
Various Artists
Universal 3:12