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Reminiscing - Little River Band.jpg
Single by Little River Band
from the album Sleeper Catcher
B-side "So Many Paths"
Released July 1978
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop rock, soft rock[1]
Length 4:11 (Album version)
3:29 (7" version)
Label Harvest Records
Songwriter(s) Graeham Goble
Producer(s) John Boylan, Little River Band
Little River Band singles chronology
"Happy Anniversary"
"Happy Anniversary"
Single by Madison Avenue
from the album The Polyester Embassy
Released 5 March 2001[2]
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Dance, house
Label EMI International
Songwriter(s) Graeham Goble
Producer(s) Andy Van Dorsselaer
Madison Avenue singles chronology
"Everything You Need"
"Everything You Need"

"Reminiscing" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It remains their 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 or Cole Porter tunes) 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]

The original Little River Band song was used for the 2010 film The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Barry Manilow covered the song for his 1996 album Summer of '78. Fellow Australian band Madison Avenue covered the song. The single was released during 2001 and certified Gold by ARIA.

Jazz Nouveau (2012) released 'Reminiscing' which is a collection of Little River Band songs with a jazz/latin twist. Featuring five female vocalists, Emma Pask, Evelyn Duprai, Danielle Blakey, Anthea White and Anita Spring. Proceeds from the sale of this CD go to Variety - The children's charity.

Instrumental portions of the song were used as bumper music for the Tom Hatten hosted Family Film Festival on KTLA.[6]

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

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

Thumbs Carllile made a jazz cover on his 1979 album Guitar Wizard.[7]

The Rise (Carl Riseley album) included a jazz cover of the song.

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]

CD single
  1. "Reminiscing" (Da Classic Remix Edit)
  2. "Reminiscing" (Original Mix)
  3. "Everything You Need" (Olav Basoski Remix)
  4. "Reminiscing" (Da Classic Remix)
  5. "It's Alright" (Album Mix)

The song was also used in the movie "Date Night" and was played in the background during the Las Vegas scene of "Knocked Up". An instrumental of the song is played during the "Strike Out" episode of the sitcom "King Of Queens". The song is included in the Soundtrack for the movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens", and was prominently featured in one of the movie's dance scenes.


Chart (2001) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian ARIA End of Year Singles Chart[15] 9


  1. ^ Fontenot, Robert. "Soft Rock Music and Songs - Oldies Music". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 147. 
  4. ^ "Marvelous May.." 23 September 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Lemire, Christie (4 August 2010). "Review: 'The Other Guys' goofs on buddy-cop movie cliches, and it actually works". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tom Hatten : Biography". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Thumbs Carllile special limited edition CDs". 2004-06-22. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  9. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1978". Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top Australian Singles 2001". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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