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Jeff Beck, Imelda May: “Remember (Walking In the Sand)”

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on March 16, 2012. The clip is not the same one that originally appeared, so some of the commentary below no longer will make sense. But the general idea holds true. 

It’s hard to believe that this clip actually gets better after the first minute-and-a-half. Watch the gesture Jeff Beck makes at the 1:31 mark. He knows what’s about to happen.

Here is the original by the The Shangri-Las, a girls group from Queens. It of course is very different, but terrific as well. Here is lead singer Mary Weiss singing the song at the MDA Telethon in 2008. Finally, some information on Jeff Beck and Imelda May.

The sax player in the sun glasses is Blue Lou Marini, who was in one of the original Saturday Night Live bands, The Blues Brothers band and has played with Steely Dan,  Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and other legends.

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