The Shangri-Las

Remember (Walking in the Sand)

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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
Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound 1983
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Leader of the Pack [Collectables] 1983 Prime Cuts 2:12
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
Goodfellas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1990
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 2:18
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
70 Ounces of Gold: Solid Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 0:00
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 Distribution 2:18
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
Happy Days: 100 Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:10
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Leading Ladies, Vol. 3 [Box Set] 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:10
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
Greatest Hits [Remember] 1996 Remember Records 2:15
Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology 1996
Various Artists
Mercury / PolyGram 2:19
The Best of the Shangri-Las [Mercury] 1996 Mercury 2:17
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
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:18
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 64 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:18
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
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
Hits of the 60's 1999 Spectrum Music 0:00
Ladies of the 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:14
WOGL Oldies 98.1FM: Summer Fun 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:21
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
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 0:00
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
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:23
Millennium Pop Hits, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:18
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
Sixties Generation: 1964-1965 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:12
1964 Classic Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:16
Classic Rock: Hits of 1964 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:15
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
Jammin' Oldies: Summer Songs 2000 Intercontinental Records 2:20
No Image 2000 Metro
Greatest R&R Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
EMI 2:14
Hits of the 60's [Purple] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:17
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
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
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
Sixties: A Decade to Remember [3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:19
The Sixties - A Decade to Remember: Girls Only 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:19
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 0:00
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
Golden Legends: The Shangri-Las 2006 Madacy 2:16
Shangri-Las 2009 Lilith 2:37
David Hamilton's Relaxing Moods MCPS 2:07
Sixties Collection, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:10
Stand by Me [Drive]
Various Artists
Drive (import) 2:19
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The Dixie Cups Meet the Shangri-Las Charly Records