Forget Me Nots

Patrice Rushen

About Forget Me Nots

"Forget Me Nots" is a song co-written and performed by American R&B musician Patrice Rushen. The song appears on Rushen's seventh album Straight from the Heart (1982). 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 (1984). Originally deemed by record label executives as a "flop", 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 for which she is best known. The single's success culminated in Rushen scoring her first nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1983 Grammy Awards. Rushen had a number of songs on the R&B and Dance charts, but "Forget Me Nots" was her only US Top 40 pop hit and ranked #85 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1980s in 2009. The bassline 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. 


Year:
1999
4:08
57 
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Sending you forget me nots
To help me to remember
Baby please forget me not
I want you to remember

Those were the times we had
Sharing a joy that we thought would last
Memories of love and affection
Never really was just like a dream
Was it the simple things
That made me so crazy about you
Was it your charm or your passion
It's not hard to believe
I love you and I need you so I

Sending you forget me nots
To help me to remember
Baby please forget me not
I want you to remember

Sending you forget me nots
To help me to remember
Baby please forget me not
I want you to remember

Did we give up too soon
Maybe we needed just a little room
Wondering how it all happened
Maybe we just need a little time
Though we did end as friends
Given the chance we could love again
She'll always love you forever
It's not hard to believe
I want you and I need you so I

Sending you forget me nots
To help me to remember
Baby please forget me not
I want you to remember

Sending you forget me nots
To help me to remember
Baby please forget me not
I want you to remember

Sending you forget me nots
Baby please forgive me not

Good times we had
They weren't so bad
What a life we shared 
Pretty baby I still care

Sending you forget me nots
To help me to remember
Baby please forget me not

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Patrice Rushen

Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. She is best known for the 1982 hit, "Forget Me Nots", for which she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. more »

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Written by: Fred Washington, Patrice Rushen, Terry Mcfadden

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6 facts about this song

Musical Influence
"Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen was released in 1982 and is considered a classic in the R&B, funk, and soul genres. The song has been sampled and covered by numerous artists over the years, including Will Smith, George Michael, and Whitney Houston.
Grammy Nomination
The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1983, showcasing Patrice Rushen's vocal talent and the song's lasting impact in the music industry.
Chart Success
"Forget Me Nots" reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the dance and R&B charts in the United States. The song's catchy hook and infectious groove contributed to its commercial success.
Production
The song's production features a distinctive bassline, funky guitar riffs, and a catchy keyboard melody that have made it a favorite among DJs and music fans alike.
Lyrics
The lyrics of "Forget Me Nots" convey a message of empowerment and self-assurance, encouraging listeners to forget about the past and move forward with confidence. Patrice Rushen's soulful delivery adds depth and emotion to the song's theme.
Legacy
"Forget Me Nots" has stood the test of time and remains a popular choice for parties, weddings, and other events where people want to dance and have a good time. The song's infectious energy and positive vibe continue to resonate with audiences of all ages.

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