The Shangri-Las

Remember (Walking in the Sand)

Composed by George "Shadow" Morton

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Although "Leader of the Pack" is the song everyone associates with the Shangri-Las first, it was not their first hit. It was preceded by "Remember (Walking in the Sand)," which made number five in the fall of 1964 and was in its own right just as memorable and eccentric a production as "Leader in the Pack." Like "Leader in the Pack," it was co-produced by George "Shadow" Morton, perhaps the most enigmatic figure to be involved in the whole Brill Building scene. Morton also wrote the song, which he claimed, most likely fancifully, to have completed in a mere 20 minutes on the way to the session. Even in the crowded mid-'60s Brill Building/girl group cluster of singles, "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" stood out immediately for its eerie, unique atmosphere. The track started out with two doom-struck descending notes that sounded as if they were being played on a piano that had cobwebs growing over it. The melody, carried by that piano, was more like a morbid classical sonata than a rock tune. The sadness was amplified by a lead vocal that sounded as if it was choking back tears and swelling, tense background harmonies. Yet after the verse faded away to a dead stop, the chorus was totally different, like a flashback to the happy times of the romance -- a summer one, from the sounds of it. The background Shangri-Las take up a hand-clapping rhythm and chant "remember" as the lead gently reminisces over tender moments before cranking the angst meter on the final line to lead back into the piano-dominated verse. Sound effects of seagull cries on the chorus, which is repeated at the end and fades out, add to the you-are-there ambience of an unforgettably melodramatic hit.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
No Image 197? Charly Records
History of Rock: The 60's, Pt. 1 - WCBS FM 101 1982
Various Artists
Collectables 2:11
Leader of the Pack [Collectables] 1983 Prime Cuts 2:12
No Image 1984 Mercury 2:17
Cruisin' 1964 1986
Various Artists
Increase Records 3:50
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 4 1988
Various Artists
Roulette Records
No Image 1990 Collectables
The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:20
The Red Bird Story [Charly 4-CD] 1991
Various Artists
Charly Records
Jukebox Giants: WCBS New York, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Collectables 2:19
AM Gold: Mid '60s Classics 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:18
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of '60s Girl Groups [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 2:17
No Image 1994
Various Artists
MGM
Myrmidons of Melodrama [RPM 136] 1994 RPM 2:15
Only Rock 'N Roll 1960-1964: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:19
Car Trax: California Cruisin 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:17
Surf City's Greatest Hits 1995
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 2:17
Great Romantic Love Songs 1995
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 2:09
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Summer Breeze, Vol. 1 [K-Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Box 2:12
Unforgettable Hits 60s: Soldier Boy 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:10
Tossin' & Turnin' 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Sixties Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:09
Original Rock & Roll Classics 1996
Various Artists
Sun Record Company 2:23
No Image 1996
Various Artists
ITC Masters 2:14
The Best of the Shangri-Las [Mercury] 1996 Mercury / Spectrum Music
Four by Four, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:18
Stonewall [Original Soundtrack] 1996
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:20
Sixties Generation: 1964 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties Generation 2:12
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 6: '60s Rock N Roll - Tossin' and Turnin' 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:20
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 64 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:18
Rockin' Jukebox, 1964 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:18
Very Best of Red Bird & Blue Cat Records 1998
Various Artists
Taragon Records 2:43
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:19
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Ace 2:17
Women in Rock, Vol. 2: The Early Years 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:18
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Empire
The Very Best of the Shangri Las 2000 Cleopatra 2:14
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The All-Time Greatest Girl Groups 2000
Various Artists
Var├Ęse Vintage / Varese 2:23
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
Sixties Generation: 1964-1965 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:12
Women in Rock: Changing Times 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:19
Rock N' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:11
No Image 2000 Metro
Greatest R&R Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
EMI 2:14
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:18
More Girl Group Greats [Rhino] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Teenagers in Love [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:38
60's Groove 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:18
Girl Group Sound: 25 All Time Greatest Hits From Red Bird Records 2001
Various Artists
Varese 2:22
Rock 'N' Roll Teenagers Collection, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:12
Hollywood's Greatest 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Shangri-La's 2002 Mercury / Island Mercury / MCA 2:19
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:12
Women & Songs: 60s Girl Groups 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:20
The Sixties - A Decade to Remember: Girls Only 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:19
The Leader of the Pack [Hallmark] 2003 Hallmark Recordings 2:20
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:11
1964: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:13
The Sunshine Collection 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Hits of the 60's [Pegasus] 2003
Various Artists
Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:21
For Your Precious Love [Goldies] 2004
Various Artists
Double Gold
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 15 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
The Leader of the Pack [Synergy] 2004 Synergy Distribution 2:20
Jukebox Goodies 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:18
Summer Fun, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Leaders of the Pack 2005 Snapper 2:13
60's Flower Power [Direct Source 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:18
20th Century Masters: Best of Brill Building [Universal International] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:18
Golden Legends: The Shangri-Las 2006 Madacy 2:16
No Image 2007 Stardust Records 2:16
Leader of the Pack [Cleopatra] 2007 Cleopatra 2:16
Only the Best of the History of Rock the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 2:11
Ultimate 60s Collection, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 2:16
Doo Wop [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy 2:17
Shangri-Las 2009 Lilith 2:37
60s Hits of the Ladies 2010
Various Artists
TGG Direct 2:18
The Leader of the Pack 2010 SynErgy Entertainment 2:20
No Image
Various Artists
Awesome Inc. 2:16
Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Vol. 12: Groovy Kind Of Love
Various Artists
Sixties Collection, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:10
Sixties [Play 27-7]
Various Artists
Play 24-7 / Play 27-7 2:18
Stand by Me [Drive]
Various Artists
Drive (import) 2:19
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The  Sound of Summer [K-Tel]
Various Artists
K-Tel
The Sixties Original Artists
Various Artists
Stargrove 2:18
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