The song is about reminiscences, and often sung as a duet. When done as a duet, each one of the singers asks the other whether he or she remembers a number of long-ago events, and then says "if you remember, you're much older than I." When sung as a solo, the same questions are directed at the audience.
In 1950, some of the best-known versions were by Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (with a vocal by Kenny Gardner), by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae, by Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman, and by Lisa Kirk and Fran Warren.
The Guy Lombardo record was recorded on January 26, 1950 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 24899. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 31, 1950 and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #11.
The Jo Stafford/Gordon MacRae record was recorded on January 14, 1950 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 858. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #12.
The Ray Bolger/Ethel Merman record was recorded on January 4, 1950 and released by Decca as catalog number 24873. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #13. The flip side of this recording, "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)," also charted.
The Lisa Kirk/Fran Warren record was released by RCA Victor Records as a 78rpm single (catalog number 20-3696) and a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-3220). It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 7, 1950 and lasted 2 weeks on the chart, peaking at #29.
The various versions of the song (combined, as was normal for Cash Box magazine) reached #4 on the Cash Box Best-Selling Records chart.
- Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman (January 4, 1950)
- Bing Crosby
- Lisa Kirk and Fran Warren (1950), reissued on compact disk in the 2003 album Let's Fall in Love
- Guy Lombardo (January 26, 1950)
- Mary Martin
- Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae (January 14, 1950)
This song was featured on the Lawrence Welk show, later available on PBS entitled : "Do You Remember?".
There are many references in this lovely song. Included are: references to Orville Wright's first powered flight near Kitty Hawk, NC. Waltzing to the (john phillip) Sousa Band (one of the most popular bands in history). Picking up Pittsburgh on a crystal set (a crystal set being an early radio, usually homebuilt by wrapping wire around a Quaker Oat Meal round box). Pittsburgh referred to KDKA, the first commercial broadcasting station in America.
Running board on a Chandler Six refers to a six cylinder car prior to Henry Ford's famous tin lizzy...a running board was sort of a step attached to the underside of the automobile.
Movie stars of the silent era included chaplin and coogan...mentioned as making you laugh and then cry.
Watching John L. win every fight, 'cause nobody ducked from Sullivan's right. A reference to John L. Sullivan (1858-1918), Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.