Daniel Earl “Dan” Hartman (December 8, 1950—March 22, 1994) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for such songs as: “Free Ride”, “I Can Dream About You”, “Instant Replay”, “Love Sensation”, and “Relight My Fire”, all of which had world-wide success.
“I Can Dream About You” first appeared in 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.In a Songfacts interview with the film’s musical director, Kenny Vance, he recalled “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.”
“I Can Dream About You” was released in 1984 as a single from the soundtrack, and included on Hartman’s album I Can Dream About You, it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2006, the song appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
I Can Dream About You (Larry Levan Remix) 5:56
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31