Don't Forget to Remember

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This article is about the song by the Bee Gees. For the song by Carrie Underwood, see Don't Forget to Remember Me. For the album by Puressence, see Don't Forget to Remember (album).
"Don't Forget to Remember"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Cucumber Castle
B-side "The Lord"
Released August 1969
Format 7", 45 rpm
Recorded 7 May 1969
IBC Studios, London
Genre Country, folk, easy listening
Length 3:28
Label Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Tomorrow Tomorrow"
(1969)
"Don't Forget to Remember"
(1969)
"If Only I Had My Mind on Something Else"
(1970)
Music sample

"Don't Forget to Remember" also called Don't Forget to Remember Me is a country ballad recorded by the Bee Gees, from the album Cucumber Castle. The song was written by Barry and Maurice Gibb. It was produced by the band with Robert Stigwood.

Recording[edit]

The song's genre is country, but they also have penned hits for country artists like Kenny Rogers on "Islands in the Stream", with Dolly Parton and Conway Twitty on "Rest Your Love on Me", their version of the song was on the compilation Bee Gees Greatest.[1]

The song was recorded at 7 May 1969 same day as "Who Knows What a Room Is", (a song was not included on the album and was not released), Barry Gibb, who sang lead vocals (and harmony on chorus with Maurice) on this song, he is now singing in a lower voice, as he and Maurice write and record in a country-influenced style. The song's style was also like the songs in the group's previous album, Odessa. The song has a big singalong chorus of Gibb solo hits like "Sweetheart" (a Bee Gees song also included on the album) "Railroad" (debut single by Maurice Gibb) and "Saved by the Bell" (a debut solo hit by Robin Gibb)[2] Peter Mason originally sings harmony vocals on the song, as he replaced Robin Gibb as Barry took Mason to the IBC Studios and during July 1969 to worked on some tracks in Cucumber Castle album as Mason explains, "I did some harmonies, I remember doing three songs, there was 'Don't Forget to Remember' and I put the harmony down on that and two other songs. [I don't know] whether it's a tryout, although he'd said before that he wanted me, because we sat and sang together."[3]

Mason also explained: "When I sit and listen to 'Don't Forget to Remember' I can't really tell whether it's me or not. He ran the tracks and said, 'Can you put a harmony to that?'". The song also sticks out to Mason's memory.[3]

Structure[edit]

The song features a low voice by Barry Gibb especially on the first verse of the song: Oh my heart, wont believe that you have left me
I keep telling myself that it's true
I can get over anything, you want my love
But i can't get myself over you
.

On the song's chorus, it features on the background vocals that Maurice sing harmony with Barry: Don't forget to remember me
And the love that used to be
I still remember you, i love you
In my heart lies a memory, to tell the stars above
Don't forget, to remember me my love
.

The song's lyrics follow the country-song tradition of romantic laments with its tearful first-person lyrics about a man haunted by a failed love affair he can't put out of his mind. Its melody matches the yearning quality of the lyrics, especially on the chorus, which underpins the forlorn wish Don't forget to remember me/And the love that used to be with glorious runs of ascending notes. On paper, the song seems applicable to the group's usual pop style but their recording uses country-music elements to carry it into that genre, a prominent acoustic guitar cuts through the background orchestration and Barry Gibb adds a Nashville-inspired twang to his vocal.[1]

Release[edit]

Maurice's reaction when the song was released was "The thing is. that it is Jim Reeves-ish it's rather like 'Oh Lonesome Me' and that sort of song and you'll never forget the melody. It wasn't a deliberate dedication to Jim Reeves - it's just worked out that way". Maurice also explains, "We know we don't want to split up, maybe Colin will want to leave sometime in the future, but we all have different things we've involved in".[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Charts Peak
position
Denmark Singles Chart 1
South Africa Singles Chart 1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts 1
New Zealand RIANZ Charts 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 2
Norway VG-lista Charts 2
China Singles Chart 2
Swiss Music Charts 2
Belgium Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 8
German Media Control Charts 9
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 10
Spanish Singles Chart 27
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 39
French SNEP Singles Chart 41
US Billboard Hot 100 73

Personnel[edit]

  • Barry Gibb – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Maurice Gibb – harmony vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, Mellotron
  • Colin Petersen – drums
  • Peter Mason – harmony vocals (erased from the final recording)
  • Uncredited – orchestral and strings arrangement

Cover versions[edit]

  • The version of this song by Elton John was released on Top of the Pops, Volume 7 in September 1969.[4]
  • Swedish dansband Flamingokvintetten covered the song in 1972, with lyrics in Swedish, as "Jag vill leva mitt liv med dig" ("I want to live my life with you").
  • Country singer Skeeter Davis covered the song and reached #44 on the country charts with it in 1974. Swedish dansband, pop

South African singer Ray Dylan covered the song on his album "Goeie Ou Country vol 2".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald A. "Bee Gees - Don't Forget to Remember". Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1969". 
  3. ^ a b c Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Elton John covers "Don't Forget to Remember" by the Bee Gees". You Tube. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jag ska aldrig lämna dig | Svensk mediedatabas". SMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  6. ^ Ray Dylan (2010-11-01). "Ray Dylan, Goeie Ou Country - Vol.2, CDs, Musica A World awaits - 6005298030511". Musica.co.za. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 

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Preceded by
"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts number-one single
13 September 1969 — 20 September 1969
Succeeded by
"Bloody Mary" by Tom & Dick
Preceded by
"Something" by The Beatles
New Zealand RIANZ number-single
5 December 1969 — 12 December 1969
Succeeded by
"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans
"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
3 October 1969 — 9 October 1969
17 October 1969 — 23 October 1969
Succeeded by
"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Bobbie Gentry