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Les Brown and His Band of Renown, with Doris Day as vocalist, had a hit record with the song, Day's first #1 hit, in 1945. The song's release coincided with the end of WWII in Europe and became the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans. The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36769, with the flip side "Twilight Time". The record first reached the Billboard charts on March 29, 1945 and lasted 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. The song actually reached the charts after the later-recorded "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time".
About this same time, the Merry Macs had a recording following Brown and Day which featured a bouncy arrangement where the group modulates (or augments) the verse eight times in the last half of the song. A vocal feat for any group attempting to record a song in one take without the benefit of tape editing in that era of modern recording.
The song later became something of a standard with jazz artists and was recorded, among others, by Buck Clayton with Woody Herman and by Ben Sidran. Rosemary Clooney issued an album Sentimental Journey (2001) which included the song.
The song features prominently in the M*A*S*H episode Your Hit Parade as Colonel Potter requests the song be played several times during the day. Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly mentions in the episode that he has played it 23 times.
It also appeared in advertisements for Ford Australia during the early 1990s.
The song was heard in the movie Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!) on a jukebox.
"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" by Les Brown
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May 26, 1945–July 21, 1945
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" by Johnny Mercer