This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here.
Ah yes, I remember it well, at least I hope I do – and that you do as well. If you don't, I have some songs that may jog your memory. If you think you've forgotten these you'll probably go, "Ah yes, that one is da dad dum dum dum doh" (or something like that). I hope my trigger works.
I'll start with one that wasn't really on my radar before I did a search for these songs. I really liked it, which is why it's here today. It's by JIM CROCE.
Jim had a bunch of wonderful songs, and it's another tragedy that he died so young. His song is (And) I Remember Her.
FRANK IFIELD was probably the first Australian pop singer who made a dent on the charts of the rest of the world.
As was the case back then, he had to go somewhere else to make that dent. In Frank's case it was England. He got hold of an old pop song and put his own spin on it and it became a worldwide hit. I Remember You.
THE STATLER BROTHERS were big on nostalgia.
They had a number of songs in their repertoire along those lines. A lot of people distain that sort of thing but not me. I really like it. I don't know what that says of me, but I don't care.
The song of theirs I've selected is Do You Remember These? I have to admit that I don't remember a lot of what they sing about because we grew up in different countries.
There were too many versions of this next song to countenance. I pretty much threw my hands in the air (waited for them to come down, reattached them) and selected semi-at random THE FOUR LADS.
I don't think they were lads by this time, but when you've selected a name you're stuck with it (The Beach Boys comes to mind). Also, there was someone in there doing a talkie bit who didn't sound at all laddish. Oh well.
By now you've probably figured out what song I'm talking about because my readers are a smart bunch of people (how's that for sucking up?). Moments to Remember.
Does it get better than OTIS REDDING?
That was a rhetorical question; you don't have to answer that. I was listening to my dozen or so versions of Otis's song, just to select the best quality one, and to my surprise I discovered that he had recorded the song more than once, there are other versions out there. Well, I'll be gobsmacked.
I still preferred the original though, and here it is: I've Got Dreams to Remember.
There are few people who could follow Otis, and one of those is ELVIS.
This is from way back in the fifties when he was at his best. I Forgot To Remember To Forget.
A long time before he was Lennie Briscoe on Law and Order, JERRY ORBACH was a song and dance man.
Indeed, he was in the very first production of the musical The Fantasticks, often considered the longest running musical in history. Jerry played the part of El Gallo and sang the musical's most famous song, Try to Remember.
You probably remember FRANKIE LYMON AND THE TEENAGERS for just one song, but they had many others.
One of those others is the one we have today, and I hope you remember it. If not, this might jog your memory, or if it's not there in the back of your brain, here's a new one for you. I Promise To Remember.
UTAH PHILLIPS wrote the song I Remember Loving You and he included it on his album "The Telling Takes Me Home".
Somewhat later PRISCILLA HERDMAN recorded it as well, and she managed to get Utah along for the ride.
I like their version better than Utah's solo effort, and here it is.
I'll Remember April was another song for which there were many versions but I spotted JULIE LONDON in the mix and it was a done deal.
There were many instrumental, mostly jazz, versions of the song but I ignored them all.
You knew this one had to be here. This could be the theme song of TimeGoesBy, I'm talking about MAURICE CHEVALIER and HERMIONE GINGOLD.
Those who are familiar with musicals will know the song, I Remember It Well from "Gigi".