“Forget Me Nots” was a huge hit for Patrice Rushen, topping out at #23 on the Billboard pop chart on July 3, 1982, and reached #4 on the R&B chart and #2 on the dance chart. Rushen was nominated for a Grammy Award on the Grammy Awards 25th anniversary for Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. She had several songs on the R & B and Jazz charts, but this was her only U.S. Top 40 hit and ranked #86 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1980s. The younger crowd may recognize the beat of the song from Will Smith’s 1997 hit “Men in Black” from the movie of the same name.
Patrice Rushen also has many ground-breaking achievements. She became the first woman to serve as head composer/musical director for the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards, and the first woman to serve as musical director for the NAACP Image Awards’ broadcast, an honor she held for twelve consecutive years. Additionally, Rushen has been the only woman to be a musical director/composer for the People’s Choice Awards, HBO’s Comic Relief and the only woman musical director/conductor/arranger for a late-night television talk show, The Midnight Hour.
But, as a solo artist, Rushen will be most remembered for her sole hit, “Forget Me Nots”: