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Sarah Vaughan ft Don Costa & Orchestra - I Remember You (Roulette Records 1963)

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Published on Jul 21, 2011

"I Remember You" is a popular 1941 song. The music was written by Victor Schertzinger, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song was published in 1941. The song was one of several introduced in the movie The Fleet's In (1942). It was sung in the film by Dorothy Lamour (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.

Australian singer Frank Ifield recorded the song in a yodeling country-music style on May 27th 1962, and his version went to number one on the Australian Top 40 charts, as well as the UK Singles Chart, selling 1.1 million copies in the UK. It also reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the U.S. Easy Listening chart. American country singer Slim Whitman, known for his yodeling, later recorded the song in a very similar fashion. The song is now something of a country standard as well as a jazz standard.

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.

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.

Sarah's accompanied by Don Costa & Orchestra and recorded in 1963. (Roulette Records)

Was it in Tahiti
Were we on the Nile
Long, long ago,
Say an hour or so
I recall that I saw your smile

I remember you
You're the one who made
My dreams come true
A few kisses ago.

I remember you
You're the one who said
"I love you, too," I do
Didn't you know

I remember, too
A distant bell
And stars that fell like rain
Out of the blue.

When my life
When my life is through
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all
Then I shall tell them
I remember
I remember you

I remember, too,
A distant bell
And stars that fell like rain
Out of the blue.

When my life
When my life
When my life is through
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all
Then I shall tell them
I remember you

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