"Try to Remember" is a song about nostalgia  from the musical comedy The Fantasticks. It is the first song performed in the show, encouraging the audience to imagine what the sparse set suggests. Its lyrics, written by Tom Jones, famously rhyme "remember" with "September", "so tender", "ember", and "December," and repeat the sequence -llow throughout the song: verse 1 contains "mellow," "yellow," and "callow fellow"; verse 2 contains "willow," "pillow," "billow"; verse 3 contains "follow," "hollow," "mellow"; and all verses end with "follow." They also feature an interpolated rhyme in "wept" and "kept," and alliterative lines "when grass was green and grain was yellow" and "without a hurt the heart is hollow." Harvey Schmidt composed the music.
Eddie Fisher released a version in 1965 on his LP Eddie Fisher Today!
The Temptations rendered their version in 1967 on their album The Temptations in a Mellow Mood.
Also in 1969, the song was recorded by Jamaican reggae singer Pat Kelly. It sold very well despite missing the U.K. pop charts.
The song was the first Australian hit for the then Brisbane-based trio New World, billed at the time as The New World Trio. Their version peaked at no. 11 in late 1968.
In 1971, the Dutch singing duo Saskia & Serge had a smash hit in the Netherlands with their signature song "Zomer in Zeeland", based on the music of "Try to Remember".
In 1975, Gladys Knight & the Pips had a huge international hit with their version of "Try to Remember", combining it into a medley with a cover of Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were". It reached no. 11 on the Hot 100 chart. In Knight's version, she recited some of the lyrics from "Try To Remember" in spoken-word fashion before beginning to sing "The Way We Were".
Harry Belafonte has recorded the song multiple times.
The Greek singer Nana Mouskouri recorded it in three languages: German, French, and Italian.
In 1973, actress Patricia Routledge performed it on her solo album Presenting Patricia Routledge Singing the Classics.
John Barrowman on his 2003 album Reflections from Broadway.
Josh Groban for his 2015 album Stages.
Barry McGuire on his album Eve Of Destruction in 1965.