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I'm Sorry (John Denver song)

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"I'm Sorry"
Single by John Denver
from the album Windsong
ReleasedJuly 1975 (US)
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)John Denver
Producer(s)Milton Okun
John Denver singles chronology
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
"I'm Sorry" / "Calypso"
"Fly Away"

"I'm Sorry" is a song written and recorded by American country-folk singer-songwriter John Denver and released in 1975. It was the final number-one pop hit released during his career.

Cash Box said it "is replete with the classic Denver touches: sweet arrangement by Lee Holdridge, and emotive lyrics."[2]

Chart performance


The song, which is an apology for forsaken love,[3] "I'm Sorry" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 27, 1975, as well as reaching number one on the Easy Listening chart.[4] Six weeks after topping the pop chart, the song was Denver's third and final number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[5]

The flip side of "I'm Sorry" was "Calypso", and, like its A-side, enjoyed substantial radio airplay on Top 40 stations.

Weekly charts

Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 7
Canada RPM Top Singles[7] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 4
South Africa (Springbok)[8] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1975) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 60

All-time charts

Chart (1958–2018) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 242


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  2. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. August 9, 1975. p. 17. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  3. ^ Heibutzki, Ralph. Review of Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 by John Denver. Allmusic.com.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 76.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 103.
  6. ^ a b "National Top 100 Singles for 1975". Kent Music Report. December 29, 1975. Retrieved January 15, 2022 – via Imgur.
  7. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. October 1, 1975. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965 – March 1989". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2018.