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"Reminiscing" was written by Graeham Goble of the Melbourne, Australia band Little River Band. It remains their biggest hit stateside.
The song is about a couple reminiscing about their past, recalling favorite songs and memories.
The Little River Band is the first Australian rock group to see commercial success in the US, generating 25 million records sold and scoring 13 American Top 40 hits.
If the opening bars of this song sound eerily familiar to you, and you grew up in Southern California in the late-1970s/early-1980s, rest assured - you're not going crazy! As confirmed by the folks over at IMDB, an instrumental version of "Reminiscing" was used as the theme to (channel 5) KTLA's Family Film Festival, hosted by Tom Hatten. However, it was used without permission, so they eventually replaced it with their own jazzed-up theme and intro. Tom Hatten also hosted The Popeye Show on the same station, drawing cartoons between episodes. This might be why you flashed on a mental image of Olive Oyl or Swee' Pea as soon as you heard the hook!
This song was also covered by fellow Australian rockers Madison Avenue in 2001. This cover, too, became a top-10 hit in Australia.
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Comments (6):

On July 23rd 1978, "Reminiscing" by the Little River Band entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and on October 22nd, 1978 it peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
Between 1976 and 1985 the group had sixteen Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with "Reminiscing" being their biggest hit...
They had two records peak at #6, "Lonesome Loser" and "The Night Owls"; and their three remaining Top 10 records all peaked at #10, "Lady", "Cool Change", and "Take It Easy On Me".
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
The song fit beautifully into the 70s, but you could tell it was about a time long past because Glenn Miller is mentioned and his untimely passing was in 1944.
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
Yeah, something about the delivery of the song, it just flows so easily. Kind of jazzy and soft, easy to listen to.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
Reminiscing is my favorite song by LRB. I remember when i first heard it in 1978. Beautiful song! "Friday night it was late i was walking you home we got down to the gate & i was dreaming of the night". The movie trailer "The other guys" plays this song & it just brought back memories. 8/4/10
- James, yucaipa, CA
This is my favorite Little River Band song.
- Claire, Miller's, MD
May Pang wrote in her book about her ongoing affair with John Lennon that this was one of his favorite songs. He said it reminded him of their relationship since they both loved rock 'n roll oldies and would often sing along with them at home.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
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