Bee Gees

Don't Forget to Remember

Composed by Barry Gibb / Maurice Gibb

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Although their mastery of pop songwriting is well-known, not every music fan knows that the Bee Gees are just as skillful at the art of writing country songs. In fact, they have penned hits for country artists like Kenny Rogers ("Islands in the Stream") and Conway Twitty ("Rest Your Love on Me," a tune the Bee Gees recorded themselves on Bee Gees Greatest). The occasional country song pops up on a Bee Gees album and the most notable example is "Don't Forget to Remember." Its lyrics follow the country-song tradition of romantic laments with its tearful first-person lyrics about a man haunted by a failed love affair he can't put out of his mind. The melody matches the yearning quality of the lyrics, especially on the chorus, which underpins the forlorn wish "Don't forget to remember me/And the love that used to be" with glorious runs of ascending notes. On paper, the song seems applicable to the group's usual pop style but their recording uses country-music elements to carry it into that genre: a prominent acoustic guitar cuts through the background orchestration and Barry Gibb adds a Nashville-inspired twang to his vocal. The end result is a stylish fusion of country-music elements and the group's usual orchestral pop that became a big hit in Europe, going to number two in England and hitting the Top Ten in Germany. It remains a cult favorite with Bee Gees fans and a great example of how their songwriting skills cut across different subgenres of popular music.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cucumber Castle 1970 Bee Gees / Polydor 3:27
Best of Bee Gees, Vol. 2 1973 Bee Gees / Polydor/London 3:32
Bee Gees Story 1989 Polydor 3:26
Tales from the Brothers Gibb 1990 Bee Gees / Universal 3:29
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Teal Trutone 3:00
Very Best of the Bee Gees 1998 Polygram 3:29
22 Hits of the Bee Gees 2000 Polydor 3:29
History 2001 Universal International 3:32
Their Greatest Hits: The Record 2001 Bee Gees / Polydor 3:28
No Image 2004 Bee Gees / Polydor 3:28
The  Ultimate Bee Gees 2009 Universal 3:31
Mythology: The 50th Anniversary Collection 2010 Reprise 3:31
Greatest Hits Indefindo
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