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"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" is a song written by Cindy Walker which was first recorded and released by Roy Orbison as a single in 1962. It was a big international hit for Orbison, where it reached number 2 in both the Australian and the U.K. singles charts and number 4 in the U.S. Billboard. It was also a top ten hit in Canada and Norway. In style, the song follows a traditional 12 bar blues style.

It has been covered many times, including by American country music artist Glen Campbell who released it in March 1971 as the lead single from his album The Last Time I Saw Her. The song peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[1] It also reached number 4 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967 and also by Waylon Jennings.

A 1983 cover by American country music artist Lacy J. Dalton peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2]



  • 1 Chart performance
    • 1.1 Roy Orbison
    • 1.2 Glen Campbell
    • 1.3 Lacy J. Dalton
  • 2 References

Chart performance[edit][]

Roy Orbison[edit][]

Chart (1962) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
Australian Kent Music Chart 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 8
Norway VG-lista 5
U.K. Singles Chart 2

Glen Campbell[edit][]

Chart (1971) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 4
Canadian RPM Top Singles 20
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 6
UK Singles Chart 39

Lacy J. Dalton[edit][]

Chart (1983) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10