I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night

Original Version

I couldn't sleep a wink last night
Because we had that silly fight
I thought my heart would break the whole night through,
I knew that you'd be sorry,
And I am sorry too,
I didn't have my favorite dream,
The one in which I hold you tight,
I had to call you up this morning
To see if everything was still all right,
Yes, I had to call you up this morning
'Cause I couldn't sleep a wink last night,
I didn't have my favorite dream,
The one in which I hold you tight
I had to call you up this morning
To see if everything was still all right,
Yes, I had to call you up this morning
Cause I couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night


  • Writer(s): Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson

  • Released: 2017

Jimmy McHughJames Francis "Jimmy" McHugh (July 10, 1894 – May 23, 1969) was an American composer. One of the most prolific songwriters from the 1920s to the 1950s, he is credited with over 500 songs. His songs were recorded by such artists as Chet Baker, June Christy, Bing Crosby, Deanna Durbin, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Adelaide Hall, Billie Holiday, Bill Kenny, Peggy Lee, Carmen Miranda, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington. After struggling in a variety of jobs, including rehearsal pianist for the Boston Opera House and pianist-song plugger for Irving Berlin’s publishing company, in 1921, at the age of 26, McHugh relocated to New York City (Forte). Eventually finding employment as a professional manager with the music publisher Jack Mills Inc., it was there that McHugh published his first real hit, “Emaline,” and briefly teamed up with Irving Mills as The Hotsy Totsy Boys to write the hit song “Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now”.

This songwriting partnership marked another of McHugh’s many collaborations, among them Ted Koehler (“I’m Shooting High”), Al Dubin (“South American Way”) and Harold Adamson (“It’s a Most Unusual Day”). As impressive as these master lyricists were, perhaps McHugh’s best symbiotic musical relationship was with the school teacher and poet Dorothy Fields (ASCAP). Since he had written material for many of Harlem’s Cotton Club revues, it would be no coincidence that their first combined success would be the score for the all-black Broadway musical Blackbirds of 1928 starring Adelaide Hall and Bill Bojangles Robinson, which jump-started the fledgling duo’s career with the songs “I Can't Give You Anything But Love,” “Diga Diga Doo” and “I Must Have That Man”.

harold adamsonHarold Adamson (December 10, 1906 – August 17, 1980) was an American lyricist during the 1930s and 1940s. Ultimately he entered into a songwriting contract with MGM in 1933. During his stint with MGM he wrote many popular and successful songs, including the theme song for the hit sitcom "I Love Lucy".

He was nominated for five Academy Awards for lyrics to several original movie scores. He retired from songwriting in the early 1960s. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.


The song I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night comes from Higher and Higher, a 1944 musical film starring Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, and Frank Sinatra (in his film debut), loosely based on a 1940 Broadway musical written by Gladys Hurlbut and Joshua Logan. The film version, written by Jay Dratler and Ralph Spence with additional dialogue by William Bowers and Howard Harris, diverges significantly from its source.

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