Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Remember Me

From Chapter 7. "Bye, baby. See you around." Mark plays "Remember Me" for Karen on the Mamaroneck Inn's jukebox to help her accept that her "summer romance" is ending. She likes it, but doesn't find it completely appropriateespecially the line, "Remember me as a big balloon."

The song, by the incomparable Ashford and Simpson, was Diana Ross' third solo single, immediately following the number 1 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." (Moremuch moreabout that one later!) "Remember Me" only reached number 16 when it was released in 1971. As Mark notes in Cusp, it's off her Surrender album.
To me, one of the more interesting aspects of this and other Diana singles of the post-Supremes era is the heavy use of background singers. On later Diana Ross and the Supremes releases, the voices of Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong are practically nonexistent as Diana heads toward solo stardom.

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