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"I Forgot to Remember to Forget"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "Mystery Train"
Released August 20, 1955
Recorded Sun Studios
Label Sun 223
Writer(s) Stan Kesler and Charlie Feathers

"I Forgot to Remember to Forget" is a country song written by Stan Kesler and Charlie Feathers. It was recorded at Sun Studio July 11, 1955 by Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and Johnny Bernero[1] on drums, and released on August 20, 1955 along with Mystery Train (Sun 223). [2] It was rereleased by RCA Victor (#47-6357) in December 1955.

Moore's guitar had a Nashville steel guitar sound, and Black played a clip-clop rhythm. Elvis sang a brooding vocal. This is the closest the trio came to a traditional country song while at Sun.[3]

The song reached the Billboard national country music chart #1 position by February 1956, and remained there for 5 weeks and on the C&W Best Sellers chart for two weeks [4]. It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a national known country music star. [5] [6] The song remained on the country charts for 39 weeks.[7]

The flip side of this release, Mystery Train, peaked at the #11 position on the national Billboard Country Chart.[8]

Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song in 1957 and the 1960s. Johnny Cash covered this song in Survivours Live on 1981. Composer Charlie Feathers has also recorded it.

The Beatles covered this song once for a BBC radio show, From Us To You, on 1 May 1964. The recording was included on the Live at the BBC album in 1994.[9]

Preceded by
"Why Baby Why" by Red Sovine & Webb Pierce
C&W Best Sellers in Stores
number one single by Elvis Presley

February 25, 1956 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

References

  1. ^ http://www.rockabilly.nl/references/messages/johnny_bernero.htm
  2. ^ Presley, Elvis (RCS Artist Discography) sample and label shot
  3. ^ The Blue Moon Boys - The Story of Elvis Presley's Band. Ken Burke and Dan Griffin. 2006. Chicago Review Press. page 47. ISBN 1-55652-614-8
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 272.  
  5. ^ Elvis Presley's Sun Recordings
  6. ^ Collins, Ace (1996). The Stories Behind Country Music's All-time Greatest: 100 Songs. New York: The Berkeley Publishing Group. pp. 94–96. ISBN 1-57297-072-3.  
  7. ^ The Blue Moon Boys - The Story of Elvis Presley's Band. Ken Burke and Dan Griffin. 2006. Chicago Review Press. page 46. ISBN 1-55652-614-8
  8. ^ http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_presley_sun_recordings.shtml about the flip side @ Elvis Australia
  9. ^ The Beatles Bible: I Forgot To Remember To Forget
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