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I Can Dream About You


Dan Hartman

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Hartman wrote this for the 1984 movie Streets of Fire, where it was performed by the fictional group The Sorels. The real voice behind the version used in the movie was Winston Ford, but Hartman's version was the one used on the soundtrack and released as a single. (thanks, Michael - San Diego, CA)
Kenny Vance was the musical director on Streets of Fire. He explains: "The same guy that sings lead on that and 'Countdown To Love,' a song that I wrote for the film, was a guy working at a Radio Shack (Winston Ford), and I think when you look at the film and The Sorels are singing it live in the movie, that was the version that was supposed to come out, and I recorded that version. But then when Dan Hartman heard it, I don't know what happened next, but I know that he took that guy's voice off and he put his own on, and he had a hit with it. Hollywood is a very slippery place." (Read more in our interview with Kenny Vance.)
In this song, the singer has a case of love-its (inflammation of the love) and the only cure is to see his girl again. If he can't be with her, at least he can dream about her.
Hartman was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer who was a member of the Edgar Winter Group from 1972-1976. He produced tracks for .38 Special, the Average White Band and James Brown. As a solo artist, this was his biggest hit, but he also charted with "Instant Replay," "We Are Young" and "Second Nature." Hartman died of a brain tumor at age 43.
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Comments (8):

Winston Ford grew up in Denver with Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire) and was probably one of the best singers that has ever lived. "He could sing circles around me"…Philip Bailey. Winston died in a car accident back in 2007.
- Michael, Denver, CO
Actually, Hartman wrote this song for his friends Hall & Oates. They were not able to record it right away and Hartman used it in Streets of Fire instead. Hall and Oates finally recorded it years later. Listen to it carefully, even if you've never heard the H & O version you can hear Daryl reaching the high notes.
- Dave, Normandy, MO
I swear! Joyce Hyser is a dead ringer of a young Natalie Wood in the "I Can Dream About You" video! Anyone agree? God rest your soul Dan.........U r loved, and missed!
- Leo, Towson, MD
I heard a rumor when this song came out, that the line "moving sidewalk", was a shoutout to Michael Jackson and his "moonwalk". Don't know if it's true though.
- Mary, Phoenix, AZ
The funny thing about this song is that it embodies what I don't like about disco and '80's-era pop music. But I love it! Whatever it lacks in intellect, it makes up for up for in heart. Probably because of Hartman's vocals, I feel the protagonist's loneliness.
- MusicMama, new york, NY
I just realisied that the girl in the video for this song was none other than joyce Hyser. You might remember her from the 80's flick "Just One of the Guys".
- Eddie, Bayonne, NJ
I love this song! It was a hit the same time Ghostbusters was a hit.
- Jennifer Harris, Grand Blanc, MI
This heartfelt tune was the biggest commercial hit from the "Streets of Fire" soundtrack, which was outstanding and included many great artists.
- Michael, San Diego, CA
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