I Remember You (1941 song)

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I Remember You melody on alt sax

"I Remember You" is a popular song. The music was written by Victor Schertzinger, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer.[1] The song was published in 1941.

The song was one of several introduced in the movie The Fleet's In (1942).[1] It was sung in the film by Dorothy Lamour[1] (with harmony by Bob Eberly, and Helen O'Connell and featuring the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) and is one of the songs most associated with the singer/actress. Schertzinger, who co-wrote all the film's songs with Mercer, was also the director of the movie.

According to the TCM documentary Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me, Mercer wrote the song for Judy Garland, to express his strong infatuation with her. He gave it to her the day after she married David Rose.

English singer Frank Ifield recorded the song in a yodeling country-music style on 27 May 1962, and his version went to number one on the UK Singles Chart selling 1.1 million copies in the UK alone.[2] The recording stayed at No.1 for seven weeks.[1] It also reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the U.S. Easy Listening chart.[3] American country singer Slim Whitman, known for his yodeling, later recorded the song in a similar fashion. The song is now something of a country standard as well as a jazz standard.

Glen Campbell covered the song on his 1987 album Still Within the Sound of My Voice. His version peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1988.[4]

The tune was featured as background music in the film, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. It was also used, with slightly modified lyrics, in a Republican Party (U.S.) TV campaign commercial in 1988. In 1998s, More Tales of the City, Colin Ferguson sings part of the lyrics in a scene with Laura Linney. The song was recorded on the album, UAB SuperJazz, Featuring Ellis Marsalis (2001). Slim Whitman's recording of the song was used in a scene of Rob Zombie's 2003 horror film House of 1000 Corpses. The high notes of Whitman's version is presented as the ultimate defense against Martians in Mars Attacks! due to the fact that his falsetto caused their heads to explode.

In 2010, Australian entertainer Nicki Gillis worked with Frank Ifield and Ifield's long-time music director, Bob Howe, to record a duet version of the song that included the original first verse that was not recorded in the 1962 version. The accompanying video clip included old footage of Ifield and new footage of Gillis and Ifield working with Howe.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 66. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 121. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

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Preceded by
"I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles
UK number one single
(Frank Ifield version)

July 26, 1962 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"She's Not You"
by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single
(Frank Ifield version)

October 20, 1962 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Only Love Can Break a Heart"
by Gene Pitney