Try to Remember

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For the Lifetime Network film, see Try to Remember (film).

"Try to Remember" is a song from the musical comedy The Fantasticks. It is the first song sung in the show, to get the audience to imagine what the sparse set suggests. Its lyrics, written by Tom Jones, famously rhyme "remember" with "September", "so tender", and "December", and repeat the sequence -llow throughout the song: verse 1 contains "mellow", "yellow", and "callow fellow"; verse 2 contains "willow", "pillow", "billow"; verse 3 contains "follow", "hollow", "mellow"; and all verses end with "follow". Harvey Schmidt composed the music.

Pop charts and early recordings[edit]

"Try to Remember" was originally sung by Jerry Orbach in the Original Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks.

"Try To Remember" made the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart three times in 1965 in versions by Ed Ames, Roger Williams, Barry McGuire, The Kingston Trio, The Sandpipers, and The Brothers Four.

Patti Page released a version in 1965 on her album Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

Andy Williams released a version in 1966 on his album The Shadow of Your Smile.

Perry Como released a version in 1968 on his album Look to Your Heart.

The song was the first Australian hit for the then-Brisbane based trio New World, billed at the time as The New World Trio. Their version peaked at 11 in late 1968.

In 1971 the Dutch singing duo Saskia & Serge had a national smash hit with their signature song 'Zomer in Zeeland', based on the music of 'Try to Remember'.

In 1975 Gladys Knight & the Pips had a huge international hit with their version of "Try to Remember", combining it into a medley with a cover of Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were". It reached #11 on the Hot 100 chart. In Knight's version, she recited some of the lyrics from "Try To Remember" in spoken-word fashion before beginning to sing "The Way We Were".

Harry Belafonte has recorded the song multiple times.

The Greek singer Nana Mouskouri also recorded it in three languages: German, French, and Italian.

Romanian singer Aura Urziceanu recorded a Romanian language version in duet with Aurelian Andreescu in 1975, Septembrie.

In 1973 actress Patricia Routledge recorded it for her solo album Presenting Patricia Routledge Singing the Classics.

Notable appearances in films and TV shows[edit]

"Try to Remember" was used in the soundtrack of the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Sandy Duncan performed this song in 1976 on The Muppet Show.

Jonathon Morris performed the song in the 1995 film version of The Fantasticks, and a cover version was made by Leon Lai for the 1998 Hong Kong film City of Glass.

When Jerry Orbach died, the TV show he had starred in for many years, Law and Order ran a brief video tribute to him at the end of an episode. An instrumental version of "Try To Remember" played over the clips.

Later cover recordings[edit]

John Barrowman recorded this song on his 2003 album Reflections from Broadway.

Donald Braswell II recorded this song on his 2007 album New Chapter.

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