I Remember You
Release Date: June 5th, 1962
Words by: Stephanie Deere
September 15th, 2012
"You're the one who made my dreams come true,
a few kisses ago, I remember yoo-oo,
you're the one who said I love yoo-oo too."
This is, of course, Frank Ifield. Who could mistake his style? His thing was that he was a yodeller. 'I remember you,' or rather, 'I remember yoo-oo,' went on to become one of his signature tunes. It is built around a lovely, multi-layered melody, yodeling and all, that rests comfortably along with the singer's husky, yet playful falsetto.
Frank Ifield was arguably at the peak of his career between 1962 and 1963. Actually, he was positively on a roll. His version of the song, originally written by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer, became number one in the U.K as well as Australia's top 40 charts, and number 5 on the U.S. pop charts. Today, it offers music lovers an opportunity to catch up with one of the greatest country singers of the 20th Century.
But where, one might ask, did that sound originate?
While still in his teens, Frank Ifield absorbed the vibrant sounds of early Australian country music as well as Canadian and American records. Although he was born in England, Frank moved to Australia in 1948.
Moving back to London in 1959, Frank Ifield struggled to make it in the U.K. until he hit it big with 'I remember you,' 'lovesick blues,' and 'wayward wind.' Making Frank Ifield one of the first 'country' artists to earn three consecutive number one hits. His voice had achieved a peak of perfection as an instrument, acquiring a depth and richness. In my opinion, I don't think there's a sweeter, better song climax than—
"When my life is through and the angels ask me to recall the thrill of it all, I will tell them I remember, tell them I remember, tell them I remember yo0-oo."