Mr. Sandman (2:24)

Cover of The Best of The Chordettes

From The Best of The Chordettes and 155 other releases

“Mr. Sandman” was written by Pat Ballard, published in 1954 and first recorded in that same year by The Chordettes. The song was released on the Cadence Records label. According to the Mr. Sandman Songfacts, the chorus features a circle of fifths followed for six chords in a row within the chorus’ chord progression. The single reached number 1 on the Billboard United States charts and number 11 on the United Kingdom charts in 1954.

Later in the same year versions of the song were released by Max Bygraves and The Four Aces. Since then the song has been covered by several artists, notably by Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes,The Puppini Sisters and Blind Guardian.
Mr Sandman has also featured in a number of Films.
In 1989 in the film Uncle Buck, in the 1982 movie Grease 2 and in 1993 in the movie Philadelphia.
The song is used in the film “Cry Baby” starring Johnny Depp but the lyrics are changed to reflect the parody of the film. It was also played in the film Back to the Future Part I and Back to the Future Part II when Marty McFly time travels back to 1955.


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