Forget Me Nots

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This article is about the Patrice Rushen song. For other uses, see Forget me not (disambiguation).
"Forget Me Nots"
Single by Patrice Rushen
from the album Straight from the Heart
Released April 2, 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre Post-disco
Length 4:45 (Radio edit)
7:13 (Extended version)
Label Elektra Records
Writer(s) Patrice Rushen, Freddie Washington, Terri McFaddin
Producer(s) Patrice Rushen
Certification Gold
Patrice Rushen singles chronology
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1981)
"Forget Me Nots"
(1982)
"Breakout!"
(1982)

"Forget Me Nots" is a song by American rhythm and blues and crossover jazz singer-songwriter Patrice Rushen. Co-written by Rushen, Freddie Washington, and Terri McFaddin, it appeared on Rushen's seventh studio album, Straight from the Heart. Making a radical shift in her music, Rushen would continue to harness the particular style of this record all through to her next album Now, released two years later in 1984. Originally deemed by record label executives as a "flop", Rushen released the song and the song became a Top 40 pop (#23), Top 5 R&B (#4), and Top 5 dance (#2) hit on the Billboard charts and is the hit she's most notable for. Rushen's performance received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had a number of songs on the R&B and Dance charts, but this was her only U.S. Top 40 pop hit and ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1980s.

The bass line is particularly recognizable, and was performed on the record by session bass player Freddie Washington.

The classic tenor saxophone solo was played by Los Angeles session player and recording artist, Gerald Albright. Albright also appears in the music video of the song.

The lyrics are from the point of view of one professing her longing for a rekindling with an ex-lover. She ruminates on the romance's end, and sends the lover forget-me-nots, a flower that since medieval times has been given and worn to symbolize enduring love despite absence or separation.

Cover versions and sampling[edit]

Along with being prominently featured in the Tom Hanks hit film, Big, the song has been frequently sampled. These include George Michael in "Fastlove" (which samples the song near the end), Will Smith in his 1997 hit "Men in Black" from the film of the same name, French rapper MC Solaar on "Les Temps Changent" from his funk-inspired Paradisiaque album, and also by hip hop artists The Beatnuts in "Give Me Tha Ass" from the Stone Crazy LP. In addition, Australian satirist Pauline Pantsdown sampled it heavily in the song "Backdoor Man" in 1997.

The song has also been covered directly by several artists. In 1991, electronic band Tongue 'n' Cheek recorded a dance version of "Forget Me Nots", which reached #26 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] In 1996, Eurodance/dance-pop duo La Bouche covered it on their remix album, All Mixed Up. In 2006, jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour collaborated with Patrice Rushen and South African singer Zamajobe on a cover version of the song for his album, Smoke 'n Mirrors. Zamajobe sang the lead vocal, with Rushen on background vocals, Rhodes piano and on an organ solo. The version featured a brief African rhythm interlude.[2][3] In 2007, German dance project Vinylshakerz released their version of "Forget Me Nots".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 23
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart 4
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play 2
UK Singles Chart[4] 8
Irish Singles Chart[5] 19
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 29
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[7] 8
Dutch Singles Chart[8] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forget Me Nots Songfacts
  2. ^ Smoke 'n' Mirrors, by Woodrow Wilkins, AllAboutJazz.com, June 14, 2007
  3. ^ "Smoke 'N Mirrors overview". Allmusic.com. 
  4. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Forget Me Nots by Patrice Rushen Search". The Official Charts Company. 2 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - http://www.fireballmedia.ie (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 

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