Rewinding the Country Charts: In 2003, Darryl Worley Made Sure We Hadn't 'Forgotten' 9/11

Darryl Worley
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Darryl Worley performs his song 'Have You Forgotten' at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2003.

Worley's biggest hit aimed to honor those lost two years earlier.

On April 5, 2003, Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten" zoomed to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in just its fifth week, marking the fastest flight to the top in more than five years. It would reign for seven weeks.

Back from performing for troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait, Worley penned "Forgotten" with Wynn Varble. The memory of Sept. 11, 2001, was still raw, and the U.S. had just invaded Iraq. "I hear people saying we don't need this war," Worley sings at the song's start. "But, I say, there's some things worth fighting for."

"Forgotten" became the second of Worley's three Hot Country Songs No. 1s and introduced his album of the same name, which became his second leader on Top Country Albums.

The Memphis-born Worley still records and has made 10 overseas tours since 2001, performing numerous shows for U.S. troops. "Those guys are our unsung heroes, facing the most dangerous situations and not asking for any recognition for their service," he said in 2012. "To visit and thank [them] was truly a special blessing."


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