Who's Sorry Now?
|"Who's Sorry Now?"|
|Single by Connie Francis|
|B-side||You Were Only Foolin' (While I Was Fallin' In Love)|
|Recorded||October 2, 1957|
|Genre||Rock 'n' Roll|
|Writer(s)||Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby|
|Producer||Harry A. Myerson|
|Connie Francis singles chronology|
The song has been recorded by a number of artists. Some of the earliest versions were recorded by Irving Kaufman, Marion Harris, and Isham Jones. It was recorded later in 1932 by Billy Banks and His Rhythmakers, featuring Eddie Condon on guitar. The Tiny Hill Orchestra recorded it in 1945 (Mercury Records catalog number 2041). Another one of those was an August 20, 1951 recording by Jerry Gray and his orchestra (Decca Records catalog number 27868). Johnnie Ray recorded his version in 1956 for the Columbia Records label. It reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1956.
The song was recorded in 1958 by Connie Francis, and since then the song has become closely identified with her due to the immense popularity of her version which was her breakout hit. Francis' father had pestered her to record "Who's Sorry Now" being adamant that the song would be a rock and roll smash hit. Francis did not share this enthusiasm but when an October 1957 recording session - scheduled to be Francis' last as she had scored no hits - wrapped early the singer used the leftover studio time to record "Who's Sorry Now" as a goodwill gesture to her father. Breaking in January 1958 - mainly on account of Dick Clark's championing of "Who's Sorry Now" on American Bandstand - the track rose to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 that spring, with eventual US sales totaling one million units. In the UK, "Who's Sorry Now" was number 1 for six weeks in May and June 1958.
The lyrics are: Who's sorry now, who's sorry now / Whose heart is achin' for breakin' each vow / Who's sad and blue, who's cryin' too / Just like I cried over you /
Right to the end just like a friend / I tried to warn you somehow / You had your way, now you must pay / I'm glad that you're sorry now /
Right to the end just like a friend / I tried to warn you somehow / You had your way, now you must pay / I'm glad that you're sorry now
Marie Osmond's third studio album, released in 1975, featured a remake of "Who's Sorry Now" as it s title cut; this version reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 also ranking on Billboard's C&W chart and Easy Listening chart at respectively number 29 and 21.
Lyn Paul had a 1974 single release of "Who's Sorry Now" which approached the UK Top 50 that October but stalled at number 54.
This song was the subject of litigation in the 1985 U.S. Supreme Court case Mills Music v. Snyder, 469 U.S. 153.
- Furia, Phillip; Lasser, Michael. America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. CRC Press. p. 36. ISBN 0-415-97246-9. "On infrequent occasions Ruby also worked on lyrics. He and Kalmar wrote the words to a Tom Snyder tune they called "Who's Sorry Now?""
- Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Ron Roberts: Connie Francis Discography 1955–1975
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 212. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.