On my player: “Forget Me Nots” by Patrice Rushen

Feeling a bit nostalgic about music today…


“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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forget_Me_Nots

The song “Forget Me Nots” was sampled by George Michael for the song “Fastlove,” released in 1996.

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