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Michael McDonald’s birthday
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A happy birthday to :
Grammy Award winning American singer and songwriter Michael McDonald (1952) : who with The Doobie Brothers had the 1979 US No.1 single ‘What A Fool Believes’, and the 1993 UK No.7 single ‘Long Train Runnin’. He began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan.
Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
From the album : If That’s What It Takes (1982)
„I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (also known as „I Keep Forgettin'”) is a song by American singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, from his debut album If That’s What It Takes. It was written by McDonald and Ed Sanford. Its similarity to the earlier song „I Keep Forgettin'”, by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, resulted in Leiber and Stoller also being given a songwriting credit.
Michael McDonald recorded it, with his sister Maureen providing background vocals. It was featured on If That’s What It Takes, his first solo album away from The Doobie Brothers. Released as a single, it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles charts, and #7 on the Billboard R&B chart. Greg Phillinganes, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro of the band Toto played the clavinet, guitar and drums respectively. Noted bassist Louis Johnson laid down the song’s pronounced bassline.
McDonald’s song was heavily sampled by Warren G on his hit 1994 single „Regulate”, featuring Nate Dogg, and by Jadakiss on „Kiss Is Spittin'”, which also features Nate Dogg. The song’s bassline is also sampled in the track „Bistro” by critically acclaimed MF Doom/Madlib collaboration Madvillain. The song’s chorus is interpolated by Moloko in an acoustic mix of their 2003 hit single „Familiar Feeling”. The song’s bassline was also sampled in the track „Next to you” by the ‘Daytime Disco’ Duo Poolside. In 2011, DJ and producer Solomun sampled the song on ”Love Recycled”.
The song has been covered by soul singer Patti LaBelle, and Julia Fordham has covered it in a duet with McDonald himself. Singer Dave Hollister also covered the song on his 1999 debut Ghetto Hymns.
Rapper Joell Ortiz jokingly began singing the song during a sound check before a Slaughterhouse concert; the video of this became very popular among fans, and the act has since been added to later shows.