Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (1909)
Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland was one of the most famous and beloved popular songs of the twentieth century. This gentle waltz, with poignant lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson and music by Leo Friedman, was published in Chicago in 1909. Friedman and Whitson sold it to the largest publisher in Chicago, Will Rossiter. Unfortunately, Rossiter never paid one cent to the authors in royalties. It was first introduced to the American public by Reine Davies, who was known as “The New American Beauty,” and by her friends as “The True Blue” girl. Davies first introduced the song in New York at the leading vaudeville house, and received countless encores for her artistic work. Vera Berliner, “The Violinist With a Soul,” played the chorus of this song, walking down the centre aisle, which made it an instantaneous success.