This was originally a death disc but Goddard amended a lyric from "The girl I loved died a year ago" to "The girl I loved and lost a year ago." In the book 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Goddard recalls, "It came to me off the top of my head in 10 minutes. Johnny Remember Me created an image of Johnny Leyton, that of a young man who'd lost his true love and was going down the road of life on his own, looking for another girl to fall in love with."
John Leyton recalls, "Joe Meek was the first independent producer and when I recorded Johnny Remember Me, the string section was up the stairs, the backing vocalists were in the bathroom, I was in the sitting room and Joe was in the kitchen. It was a great song, very well-written and Geoff Goddard deserves as much credit as Joe Meek."