Memories of the Phonograph

The "Our Song" Phenomenon


This 1945 magazine advertisement for the Crosley (probably known more for its radio than its phonograph) is an example of the idea that a song might have such strong associations that it gets designated as a couple's song (the "Our Song" or "Our Tune" phenomenon). It's music that is remembered for a particular reason, as a shared memory.

"This is "Our Tune...Remember?" says the ad.



This CD cover for the three CD set by TIME LIFE, titled "They're Playing Our Song" featured 36 hits by various artists playing "great romantic standards."



Music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager. Original Cast stars Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz. Casablanca NBLP7141 stereo 12" LP record album. Released 1979.



Our Song, Taylor Swift



READER'S DIGEST " These Were Our Songs- The Early '40's " 7 Record Set. Collector's Edition. RCA RB4-084


READERS DIGEST "They're Playing Our Song", 7 Record Box Set 33 LP


Jack Jones "Our Song" LP KAPP Stereo 1966


Little Anthony 45 RPM "Our Song" / Take Me Back 1965



Al Hirt "They're Playing Our Song" 1966 RCA Dynagroove Stereo LSP-3492


Jan Garber Orchestra They're Playing Our Song Decca 74543 Stereo Vinyl LP Record


1967 United Airlines: Our Song, Take Me Along Print Ad



Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg, Publication Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781595142689



Play Our Song Again by Lynsey Stevens - Harlequin #2488 (Paperback, 1982)



Our Song - DVD courtesy MGM 2000




Copyright 2016 Griffyn Ink (Kindle edition)




"Music is conventionally regarded as the soundtrack to a life: the favorite song as commemoration, a Proustian trigger that sets you adrift on memory bliss." - p. 102, Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past, by Simon Reynolds, Faber and Faber, Inc. 2011



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