Tommy Dorsey / Frank Sinatra

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Composed by Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen

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"Polka Dots and Moonbeams," with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, has long been one of their most enduring ballads. The especially unusual yet charming line "pug-nosed dream" keeps recurring at the end of most of the verses. The song was featured in the 1945 Hollywood musical Belle of the Yukon. Bing Crosby and Doris Day were among the earliest pop singers to record it, though Frank Sinatra was responsible for putting the song on the map with his interpretation. This slow ballad became a standard for jazz artists, including Nat King Cole, Charlie Byrd, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Bill Evans, Hank Jones, Bud Powell, Gerry Mulligan, and Wes Montgomery, as well as the blind organist and singer Joe Mooney.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
All-Time Greatest Dorsey/Sinatra Hits, Vol. 2 1988 RCA 3:18
No Image 1990 RCA 3:18
Stardust 1991 Bluebird RCA 3:21
The Great Entertainers [#4] 1993
Various Artists
Intersound 3:22
The Song Is You [RCA Box] 1994 RCA 3:18
Greatest Hits 1996 RCA Victor / RCA 3:21
I'll Be Seeing You 1996 RCA 3:17
Legendary Sides 1997 BMG Special Products 3:22
Planet Jazz 1998 BMG / RCA Victor
The Fabulous Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey 1999 RCA Victor / RCA 3:18
Juke Box Heroes: A Moment of Love 2000
Various Artists
Scopus 4:18
Moment of Love
Various Artists
Scopus 4:18