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

Album: If That's What It Takes (1982)
Charted: 43 4
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  • This song was written by the legendary songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and was originally recorded by R&B singer Chuck Jackson in 1962. The song was also recorded by The Checkmates Ltd. and The Hi-Fi's before Michael McDonald put together a new version of the song with Ed Sanford of Sanford And Townsend (they had a hit with "Smoke From A Distant Fire"). It was the first solo hit for the Blue-Eyed Soul singer McDonald, who was previously with The Doobie Brothers.
  • Michael's sister Maureen does the backup vocals. >>
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    Sara - Silver Spring, MD, for above 2
  • The song is about a guy who is struggling to accept that his relationship has ended, and doesn't understand why. He fights his emotions every time he sees his former lover.
  • Warren G and Nate Dogg sampled this on their 1994 song "Regulate."
  • On March 28, 2013, Michael McDonald tweeted: "I keep forgettin' where I put my keys."
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 26th 1962, the original version of "I Keep Forgettin'" " by the Chuck Jackson entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #95; and on September 16th, 1962 it peaked at #55 {for 1 week} and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1961 and 1968 he had eighteen Top 100 records; with "Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)" being his biggest hit, it peaked at #23 {for 2 weeks} on June 17th, 1962 {it reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart}...
    He made the Top 100 chart five more times in duets with Maxine Brown...
    Personally, his debut record, “I Don’t Want To Cry”, it my favorite...
    Mr. Jackson celebrated his 77th birthday just over a month ago on July 22nd {2014}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 1st 1982, "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" by Michael McDonald entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #69; and on October 17th, 1982 it peaked at #4 {for 3 weeks} and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100.It reached #7 on Billboard's R&B chart.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhUgh. Sorry, but I just don't care for a single song I've ever heard Michael McDonald sing. Just can't get in to his voice.
  • Randy from Albuquerque, NmI think the woman in the song is married. They had an affair, but "it's gone too far." She ended the relationship because she never wants to "live a lie." He understands, saying, "You don't have to tell me why you're gone," but he's heartbroken because "this is what's real. This is what's true."
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdMichael McDonald recently sang backup on a cover version for Canadian singer Julia Fordham. His Motown and Soul Speak producer gave him a tape of her doing it at a concert. But no one can do it as well as Michael!
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