I'm Sorry

Album: The Brenda Lee Story: Her Greatest Hits (1960)
Charted: 12 1
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Songfacts®:

  • "I'm Sorry" was written by songwriters Dub Albritton and Ronnie Self. Ronnie Self was a signed songwriter and performer for Columbia and Decca records through the 1950s and '60s. His only charted single was the 1958 "Bop-A-Lena" (#68). Brenda Lee's covers of his songs were his greatest successes.
  • Guys, you might want to be careful about falling in love with this voice. Brenda Lee was just 15 years old when she recorded the song! Decca records actually held back release on it for a few months while they pondered the legalities of having a teenager sing with such passion about affairs of the heart. In fact, Brenda Lee was a child star, beginning her career at the age of six by winning a school talent show whose reward was to perform live on the local Atlanta radio show, Starmakers Revue. She was born and raised in a poor family in the red-clay belt of Georgia, so even as a tot she was the chief breadwinner for the family.
  • This song is notable for being one of the first examples of the "Nashville Sound." This sound focuses on stringed instrument sections, backing vocals, and a crooning lead singer - sort of a fusion between country, pop, and a dash of doo-wop. It was pioneered by RCA and Columbia Records in the mid-1950s.
  • "I'm Sorry" was Brenda Lee's first #1 hit, coming just after "Sweet Nothin's," which had made its marked at #4. It is considered to this day to be her signature song and one of the finest songs of the teen pop genre.

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 19, 1972, Joey Heatherton's covered version of "I'm Sorry" entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #100, six weeks later it would peak at #87 {for two weeks} and it spent nine weeks on the Top 100...
    The Rockville Centre, NY native had one other Top 100 record, a covered version of Ferlin Husky's "Gone", it reached #24 earlier in 1972...
    Davenie Johanna 'Joey' Heatherton celebrated her 74th birthday two months ago on September 14th, 2018.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 30, 1960, Brenda Lee and Chubby Checker kicked-off a tour of the Hawaiian Islands, the first stop on the tour was Maui, the second largest city on the islands...
    At the time both artists that three records each on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart:
    Brenda Lee was at #2* with "I Want To Be Wanted", at #40 was "Just A Little", and at #85 was her "I'm Sorry" {"I'm Sorry" it was in it's 23rd and last week on the Top 100}...
    Chubby's three records on the Top 100 were, at #4, "The Twist", the "Hucklebuck" was at #36, and his covered version of "Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On" was at #50...
    *As noted, "I Want To Be Wanted" was at #2, and the record at #1 was "Save The Last Dance For Me" by the Drifters, but "I Want to Be Wanted" was the #1 record the week before.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 9th 1960, Brenda Lee appeared at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit, it was her second state fair appearance for the month of September 1960...
    {See the next post below}...
    Another act appearing at the Michigan State Fair was Johnny and the Hurricanes; and at the time their "Rockin' Goose" was in its first week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #95, eighteen days later on September 27th it peaked at #60 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 6 weeks.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 4th 1960, Brenda Lee began a three-day engagement at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis...
    At the time her "I'm Sorry" was at #4 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; just under seven weeks earlier on July 18th it had peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 23 weeks...
    The record's B-side, "That's All You Gotta Do", also made the Top 10, it reached #6 on the same day "I'm Sorry" peaked at #1...
    And eight days later on September 12th, 1960 her next release, "I Want To Be Wanted", would enter the Top 100 at #67, it also peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on October 24th, 1960.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAccording to Billboard this was a two-sided Top Ten record by Brenda Lee; "I'm Sorry" stayed at #1 for three weeks while the flip-side "That's All You Gotta Do" peaked at #6!!!
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