Most of you will have never heard this song, at least not the original version, and you won’t be hearing the exact original today, either, sad to say. The only verion I could find of the original mono song was flawed.
Here’s how the original came to be: George “Shadow” Martin was looking to break into the music business, and went to the Brill Building in New York City to see an old girlfriend, Ellie Greenwich, who had become a successful pop songwriter. Morton and Greenwich’s writing partner, Jeff Barry, took a dislike to one another. Asked what he did for a living, Morton replied “I write songs”, although he had never written one. When Barry asked him what kind, Morton retorted, “Hit songs!” Barry said he would love to hear one of Morton’s tunes, and invited him to come back the following week with something. Morton immediately wrote “Remember (Walking in the Sand)”. He hired a teenage group from Queens, the Shangri-Las, to sing on the demo, which Morton produced himself.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Listen now to the (almost) original version of, Remember (Walking in the Sand):