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Reminiscing - Little River Band.jpg
Single by Little River Band
from the album Sleeper Catcher
B-side"So Many Paths"
ReleasedJuly 1978
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length4:11 (album version)
3:29 (7" version)
LabelHarvest Records
Songwriter(s)Graeham Goble
Producer(s)John Boylan, Little River Band
Little River Band singles chronology
"Happy Anniversary"
Single by Madison Avenue
from the album The Polyester Embassy
Released5 March 2001[2]
FormatCD single
GenreDance, house
LabelEMI International
Songwriter(s)Graeham Goble
Producer(s)Andy Van Dorsselaer
Madison Avenue singles chronology
"Everything You Need"

"Reminiscing" is a 1978 song by Australian soft rock music group Little River Band, from their album Sleeper Catcher. The song was written by the band's guitarist, Graeham Goble, and sung by their lead singer, Glenn Shorrock. "Reminiscing" remains the band's greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart.[3] The song is about a couple reminiscing about the past, with certain music (such as Glenn Miller tunes and the song "Night and Day") reminding them of certain memories.

"Reminiscing" was given a BMI Five Million-Air award for five million plays on US radio—the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song.

According to Albert Goldman's biography, John Lennon named "Reminiscing" as one of his favourite songs. May Pang, erstwhile girlfriend of Lennon, said "Oddly, with all the fantastic music he wrote, "our song" was Reminiscing by the Little River Band."[4]

Additional recordings[edit]

Shorrock was a guest vocalist on guitarist Tommy Emmanuel's cover of the song on the 1998 album Collaboration.

Goble, Shorrock and Beeb Birtles, three of the original members of Little River Band, who reformed under the name Birtles Shorrock Goble, recorded "Reminiscing" under that name for their 2003 CD Full Circle, as well as on several subsequent live recordings.

Little River Band, now with lead singer Wayne Nelson, recorded the song for their 2016 album The Hits - Revisited.

Cover versions[edit]

Barry Manilow covered the song for his 1996 album Summer of '78.

Australian band Madison Avenue covered the song. The single was released during 2001 and certified Gold by ARIA.

k.d. lang recorded the song for the Australian version of her 2011 album Sing It Loud.

Thumbs Carllile made a jazz cover on his 1979 album Guitar Wizard.[5]

Carl Riseley included a jazz cover of the song on his 2008 album The Rise.


Biz Markie sampled the song for his song "Throwback" on the album Weekend Warrior.

In popular culture[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Madison Avenue version[edit]

Australian band Madison Avenue covered the song during 2001. Their version became a top ten success in their home country.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian CD Single[22]
  1. "Reminiscing (Da Classic Remix - Edit)" – 3:31
  2. "Reminiscing (Original Mix - Edit)" – 3:24
  3. "Everything You Need (Olav Basoski Remix)" – 7:32
  4. "Reminiscing (Da Classic Remix)" – 5:06
  5. "It's Alright (Album Mix)" – 5:12


Chart (2001) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian ARIA End of Year Singles Chart[23] 9


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