Day 102: “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”

When was it recorded?  May 1, 1964

When was it first released, and on which album?  Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”

Who wrote it?  Charlie Feathers and Stan Kesler

Have I heard this song before?  No

What my research dug up:

(Here’s hoping this uploads before the power grid goes down here again.)

I don’t have nearly as much to say about “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” as I did yesterday about “I Feel Fine.” Here’s what you need to know about the song’s writers.

Charles “Charlie” Feathers

  • 1932-1998
  • American singer-songwriter (primarily country and rockabilly)
  • “Recorded a string of popular singles like ‘Peepin’ Eyes,’ ‘Defrost Your Heart,’ ‘Tongue-Tied Jill,’ and ‘Bottle to the Baby’ on Sun Records, Meteor and King Records in the 1950s” (Wikipedia)
  • I can’t find a concrete date, but sources indicate Feathers has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Stanley “Stan” Kesler (also credited “Kessler”)

  • 1932-present
  • Starting in 1954, worked as a studio musician (playing mainly steel guitar and bass) for Sun Records
  • As such, met Feathers in Feb. 1955 while recording “Peepin’ Eyes” – Feathers later requested to work with Kesler on “Defrost Your Heart,” and the duo struck up a songwriting partnership
  • (If you have time, read about his record producing career – literally every time Kesler found a good, potentially popular band, another company would swoop in and sign them out from under Kesler.)

“I Forgot to Remember to Forget” was (obviously) one of the songs Feathers and Kesler produced. A rising American singer named Elvis Presley recorded the number Jul. 11, 1955 and released it as a single on Aug. 20.

“I Forgot” was a #1 hit on the American country music charts in 1956. Quoth Wikipedia, “It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a national known country music star. The song remained on the country charts for 39 weeks.”

Being the Elvis fans that they were, the Beatles covered “I Forgot” for BBC Radio’s “From Us to You” on May 1, 1964; it aired 17 days later. According to the Beatles Bible, “‘I Forgot To Remember To Forget’ marked the last time The Beatles performed a song for the BBC which wasn’t recorded for EMI. This made it noteworthy enough for inclusion on the Live At The BBC collection in 1994, even if the fidelity of the surviving recording was less than perfect.” George has the lead vocals here.

It’s innocuous.  I think I actually prefer the Beatles’ version to the original, but neither is something I’m rushing to the store to buy.



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