I Forgot to Remember to Forget
|"I Forgot to Remember to Forget"|
|Single by Elvis Presley|
|Released||August 20, 1955|
|Format||7" vinyl 45|
|Recorded||Sun Studios 1955|
|Songwriter(s)||Charlie Feathers and Stan Kesler|
"I Forgot to Remember to Forget" is a country song written by Stan Kesler and Charlie Feathers. It was recorded at Sun Studio on July 11, 1955, by Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and Johnny Bernero on drums, and released on August 20, 1955, along with "Mystery Train" (Sun 223). It was rereleased by RCA Victor (#47-6357) in December 1955.
Moore's guitar had a Nashville steel guitar sound, and Black played a clip-clop rhythm. Elvis sang a brooding vocal. This is the closest the trio came to a traditional country song while at Sun.
The song reached the Billboard national country music chart #1 position on February 25, 1956 on the Billboard C&W Best Sellers in Stores chart, and remained there at #1 for 2 weeks, and spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard C&W Most Played in Juke Boxes chart. The record reached #4 on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart. It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a national known country music star. The song remained on the country charts for 39 weeks.
The Beatles version
|"I Forgot to Remember to Forget"|
|Song by The Beatles|
|from the album Live at the BBC|
30 November 1994 (UK)|
5 December 1994 (US)
|Recorded||1 May 1964, for the BBC radio show, From Us to You|
The Beatles covered this song once for the BBC radio show, From Us To You, on 1 May 1964, with George Harrison on lead vocals. The song is notable for being the last time the Beatles performed a song for the BBC that wasn't recorded for EMI. The song is also notable for its double-time rhythmic changes during the bridge. The band was becoming more experimental at the time; after they recorded "I Call Your Name", they used that song's ska-influenced middle section again for "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". The song wasn't officially released until 1994, when it was included on Live at the BBC.
Personnel per The Beatles Bible.
- George Harrison – vocals, lead guitar
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass
- Ringo Starr – drums
Other cover versions
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song in 1957 and the 1960s. Composer Charlie Feathers has also recorded it. Johnny Cash covered and released this song in 1959 on the Sun LP Greatest! and on the album The Survivors Live in 1981. B. J. Thomas included this song on his 1972 album, B. J. Thomas Country. Chuck Jackson, Ral Donner, Robert Gordon, Johnny Hallyday, The Deighton Family, Hicksville Bombers, and Wanda Jackson recorded this song as well. Chris Isaak also covered this song on his 2011 album, Beyond the Sun. Bob Dylan and The Band recorded this song in 1967; it was released on the 2014 album, The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.
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