In wake of International Women’s Day, here’s one power woman I love. →
Patrice inspired many back in 1982, when Forget Me Nots was released. Originally there wasn’t high hopes from the record label, but the track reached a lot of fame, and hit two milestones on Billboard’s R&B hit chart and dance hit chart, with a #4 and a #2, respectively. The track is co-written by Patrice Rushen, Freddie Washington, and Terri McFaddin, and it appeared on her seventh studio album, Straight from the Heart.
Two of the most fantastic things about this track, which you might’ve already noticed, is: Firstly, it was sampled for the Men In Black soundtrack with Will Smith, which is a track that pays tribute in the best possible sense, and stands as one of my favorite movie soundtracks to date. Secondly, the classic saxophone solo towards the end of the track is simply an amazing sequence that was played by Los Angeles session player and recording artist, Gerald Albright. The James Brown inspired artist went on to become really famous with two GRAMMY nominations in 1989 and 1990 and several amazing collabs and million-selling records afterwards. You can read more about him in his personal biography.
Overall an amazing track that will definitely proceed to inspire many in the future. Enjoy, and let me know what other power women have made amazing funk tracks.