Skeeter Davis performs “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” live On Grand Ole Opry 1961.

Reached number # 1 in the charst of Country and western, for 6 weeks, five in a row. On the US pop charts, he reached # 18. “I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know” was a blockbuster hit, the only number one country song by a female duet until the rise of The Judds some thirty years later.

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I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know:

Lp cover Skeeter Davis ( RCA 1958 )
Lp cover Skeeter Davis ( RCA 1958 )

“I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know”, a song written by Cecil Allen Null, Skeeter Davis recorded it twice.

The first, as a duo, The Davis Sisters (Skeeter Davis and Betty Jack Davis), the song was recorded for the RCA label, on May 23, 1953, at Thomas Productions, 109 13th Ave. North, Nashville, TN. In the same session two other songs were recorded: “SORROW AND PAIN” and “ROCK-A-BYE BOOGIE”. In the recording session, The Sisters Davis, they were accompanied by: Chet Atkins (guitar), Velma Smith (guitar), Jerry Byrd (steel), Ernie Newton (bass) and Hal Smith (fiddle). With the production of Stephen Sholes, the song was released in June 1953, and on October 17, 1953, reached number # 1 in the charst of Country and western, for 6 weeks, five in a row. On the US pop charts, he reached # 18. “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” was a blockbuster hit, the only number one country song by a female duet until the rise of The Judds some thirty years later.

Betty Jack was killed in an automobile accident the week the record was released.

Skeeter Davis, re-recorded the song for the RCA label, in June 1958, at Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins St., Nashville, TN. The song was released in July 1958, but failed to enter the charts.

The song was included in Skeeter Davis’s debut album, I’ll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too (RCA 1958), the album was released in November 1958.



Single The Davis Sisters ( RCA 1953 )
Single The Davis Sisters ( RCA 1953 )

Some versions:

Slim Whitman 1962 (Imperial Records)
Johnny Cash 1962 (Columbia)
Roy Drusky 1962 (Decca)
The Andrews Sisters 1967 (Dot Records)
Kitty Wells 1968 (Decca)
Billy Mize 1970 (United Artists Records)

 





Skeeter Davis – I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know Lyrics

I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know about him
You think you know the smile on his lips
The thrill at the touch of his fingertips
But I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know about him

You think you’ll find a heaven of bliss
In each caress each tender kiss
But I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know about him

You stole his love from me one day
You didn’t care how you hurt me
But you can never steal away
Memories of what used to be

You think he’s your’s to have and to hold
Someday you’ll learn when his love grows cold
That I’ve forgotten more about him than you’ll ever know about him

You think he’s yours to have and to hold
Someday you’ll learn when his love grows cold
But I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know about him

Single Skeeter Davis ( RCA 1958 )
Single Skeeter Davis ( RCA 1958 )

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