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Elvis Presley’s first #1 is practically unknown, and yet, without him, the world would have been another. 

The legendary tale that Phillips, Keisker, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and Elvis Presley produced and recorded other singles has been told hundreds of times in the annals of music history.

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What few realize is that the song that put Sun Records and the future King of Rock’n’Roll on the national map was a Country & Western song.

 This song is Presley’s ONLY hit produced by Sam Philips. 

Philips’ strategy and formula for Elvis records was to put out a Rock-A-Billy on Side A, and a Country & Western on Side B.

The few stations that radiated “race music” (black music) could use Rock’n’Roll or Rhythm’n’Blues songs, thus allowing Country radio stations to do the same with songs from this genre. 

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Philips and Presley were trying to find a B-side for “Mystery Train,” the single that would be their last release.

Sam was negotiating a monumental $35,000 deal with RCA at the time. 

Stan Kesler then came up with a song he had written with local musician Charlie Feathers, which Sam liked, and he passed it on to Elvis.

 This song would put Elvis Presley on the Billboard national chart for the first time.

That’s when Philips realized that if he wanted to reach the charts, it would be with Elvis.

 Once, Kesler overheard a conversation between two subjects. 

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Kesler: “…one man was questioning the other about missing a meeting, and the second man replied ‘I just forgot to remember’ (I Forgot To Remember).

The phrase stuck with me and I extended it to ‘I forgot to remember to forget her’ (I Forgot To Remember To Forget Her); From there, I started writing, and it pretty much came out on its own.” 

The song was recorded by Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and Johnny Bernero in July 1955. 

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As Elvis was not convinced because it sounded too Country & Western to him, Philips brought in Johnny Bernero on drums to give it a more rhythmic touch.

Presley liked it, and these four men achieved a unique style and sound that had never been heard before.


“I Forgot To Remember To Forget” is rarely mentioned with other hits like “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Hound Dog”, “It’s Now Or Never”, “In The Ghetto” or “Burning Love”, but this song has the distinction of which no other theme can be proud: 


Source: The Examiner

Information provided by Elvis Shop Argentina 


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