1982 Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Patrice Rushen was clearly a child prodigy: she began playing the piano at three years old and began giving classical recitals by the time she turned six. She won the chance for her band to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival in a competition at age 17. She signed with Elektra Records and began recording for them in 1977.
Patrice’s first single from her seventh album provided her only top forty single on the Hot 100 (it reached #23) and her second top ten single on the R&B chart. It became her third single to reach #2 on the US Dance chart.
She produced her recording and co-wrote Forget Me Nots with Fred Washington and Terry McFadden.
They nominated Patrice for the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, but the award went to Jennifer Holliday for And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.
Her song is most likely familiar to most people because they used it on the soundtrack from the film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Patrice, Freddie, and Terri also received writing credit when Will Smith sampled Forget Me Nots and built his 1997 hit Men In Black on the song.
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