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This song is about wishing to remember a love, or even stave off the passing of what could be a long-lasting love between two people. The song was originally thought as a flop by industry officials, but it went on to score on the Pop, R&B and Dance charts in the US. It was also sampled by Will Smith for the original "Men in Black" song (due in part to the use of an amnesia device by the eponymous group). The song was also featured in the film Big.
Rushen is considered a prodigy, having won the 1972 Monterey jazz Festival at the age of 18. She had a number of R&B hits, but this was her only song to crack the Top 40 on the Pop charts. (thanks, Mike - Hastings, NE, for above 2)
A Forget-me-not is a kind of flower. It is traditionally given to someone so that person will remember you.
Rushen wrote this song with Terri McFadden and Freddie Washington.
Rushen told Soul Music.com
: "We knew clearly that the song 'Forget Me Nots' was a single but the record company people sat there and said, 'we don't hear anything on here we can do anything with.' We believed in 'Forget Me Nots' so I took most of my life savings – which was not a lot – and Charles Mims (the producer) took some of his and we hired an independent promoter to take it and run with it. We had good reason to believe the record company might be wrong. I toured that year also and man, the record took off so fast, faster than ever before and faster than what we expected. 'Forget Me Nots' took off like wildfire. Afterwards the president of the label found out I had used my life savings so he wrote me a check to reimburse me for the money I spent on hiring an independent promotion man!"
This was also sampled by George Michael on his 1996 hit "Fastlove."
In 1991 R&B group Tongue 'N' Cheek did a dance version peaking at #26 in the UK chart.
Only Madonna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Rihanna have more #1 Dance hits than Kristine.
The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind
, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish
and Siamese Dream