I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)

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"I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)"
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Single by Michael McDonald
from the album If That's What It Takes
B-side "Losin' End"
Released August 1982
Recorded Warner Bros. Recording Studio (North Hollywood, California)
Length 3:39
Label Warner Bros.
Michael McDonald singles chronology
"I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)"
"I Gotta Try"

"I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)"
"I Gotta Try"

"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, recorded by Chuck Jackson, resulted in Leiber and Stoller also being given a songwriting credit.


Michael McDonald recorded it with his sister Maureen McDonald 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 U.S. Billboard Pop Singles charts, #7 R&B and #8 on the Adult Contemporary 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[edit]

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. Young MC sampled it on his song "Love You Slow" of the album What's the Flavor?. The song's bassline also is sampled in the track "Bistro" by Madvillain. The song's chorus is interpolated by Moloko in an acoustic mix of their 2003 hit single "Familiar Feeling". The song's bassline also was sampled in the track "Next to You" by the 'Daytime Disco' Duo Poolside. Julia Fordham performed the song in duet with McDonald on her 2008 LP China Blue. In 2011, DJ and producer Solomun sampled the song on ''Love Recycled''. Laura Jane Grace, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Against Me!, performed a version of the song in April 2015 for A.V. Undercover series.[1]


Chart history[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was also used during the Condoleezza Rice dance segment on You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.

The song is the primary plot device of, and gives its name to, an episode of Yacht Rock, which comedically fictionalized the events leading to Warren G sampling it.


  1. ^ "Laura Jane Grace covers Michael McDonald (and The Cure)". Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1982-10-16. Retrieved 2018-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1982-11-06. Retrieved 2018-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 30, 1982
  7. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  8. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1982