Have You Forgotten? (song)

"Have You Forgotten?"
Single by Darryl Worley
from the album Have You Forgotten?
B-side"I Miss My Friend"
ReleasedMarch 10, 2003
FormatCD single
Darryl Worley singles chronology
"Family Tree"
"Have You Forgotten?"
"Tennessee River Run"

"Have You Forgotten?" is a song about the September 11 attacks recorded by American country music artist Darryl Worley, who wrote it with Wynn Varble. It was released in March 2003 as the first single and title track from his 2003 compilation of the same name. It was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs for seven weeks, reaching it after five weeks on the chart, and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Worley's biggest mainstream hit.

Composition, radio play, and first performances

In December 2002, Worley performed for United States soldiers in Afghanistan and Kuwait.[1] Worley debuted the song at the Grand Ole Opry during performances on January 10 and 11, 2003.[2][3] After Worley's Grand Ole Opry performance, a live recording was made available online, followed later by a studio recording. The song quickly grew in popularity, and the single was widely requested by country radio listeners before it was commercially available. In the weeks before the US-led invasion of Iraq, some stations were hesitant to play the song because of its perceived pro-war message, but by March 3, 2003 it had been played by 128 of the 150 country stations that report to Billboard.[4]

Worley appeared on The Today Show on February 28, 2003,[5] and performed the song on Lou Dobbs Moneyline on March 11, 2003.[6] Worley performed to a standing ovation at the CMT Annual "Flameworthy Music Awards" on April 7, 2003.[7]:141 On April 16 of that year he was introduced by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before performing the song at the Pentagon.[7]:142 A report from the American Forces Press Service said the performance brought tears to Rumsfeld's eyes.[8]

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