I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)
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|"I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)"|
|Single by Michael McDonald|
|from the album If That's What It Takes|
|Recorded||Warner Bros. Recording Studio, North Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Blue-eyed soul, funk, pop rock, soft rock|
|Writer(s)||Michael McDonald, Ed Sanford, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller|
|Producer(s)||Ted Templeman, Lenny Waronker|
|Michael McDonald singles chronology|
"I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" (also known as "I Keep Forgettin'") is a song by American singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, from his debut album If That's What It Takes. It was written by McDonald and Ed Sanford. Its similarity to the earlier song "I Keep Forgettin'", by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, resulted in Leiber and Stoller also being given a songwriting credit.
Michael McDonald recorded it, with his sister Maureen providing background vocals. It was featured on If That's What It Takes, his first solo album away from The Doobie Brothers. Released as a single, it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles charts, and #7 on the Billboard R&B chart. Greg Phillinganes, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro of the band Toto played the clavinet, guitar and drums respectively. Noted bassist Louis Johnson laid down the song's pronounced bassline.
Influence, covers, and sampling
McDonald's song was heavily sampled by Warren G on his hit 1994 single "Regulate", featuring Nate Dogg, and by Jadakiss on "Kiss Is Spittin'", which also features Nate Dogg. The song's bassline is also sampled in the track "Bistro" by critically acclaimed MF Doom/Madlib collaboration Madvillain. The song's chorus is interpolated by Moloko in an acoustic mix of their 2003 hit single "Familiar Feeling". The song's bassline was also sampled in the track "Next to you" by the 'Daytime Disco' Duo Poolside. In 2011, DJ and producer Solomun sampled the song on ''Love Recycled''.
Rapper Joell Ortiz jokingly began singing the song during a sound check before a Slaughterhouse concert; the video of this became very popular among fans, and the act has since been added to later shows.
In popular culture
The song was also used during the Condoleezza Rice dance segment on You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.