Who's Sorry Now?

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For the Connie Francis album, see Who's Sorry Now? (album). For the Marie Osmond album, see Who's Sorry Now (album).
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"Who's Sorry Now?"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side You Were Only Foolin' (While I Was Fallin' In Love)
Released November 1957
Recorded October 2, 1957
Genre Rock 'n' Roll
Length 2:16
Label MGM Records
K 12588
Writer(s) Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
Producer(s) Harry A. Myerson
Connie Francis singles chronology
"The Majesty Of Love"/
"You, My Darlin', You"

(w/ Marvin Rainwater)
Who's Sorry Now?"
"You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)"

"I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" /
"Lock Up Your Heart"


"Who's Sorry Now?" is a popular song with music written by Ted Snyder and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. It was published in 1923.[1]

"Who's Sorry Now?" was featured in the Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca (1946), directed by Archie Mayo and released by United Artists.


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. It was recorded by Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies January 28, 1935 (Decca Records 5158-B.).[2] The Tiny Hill Orchestra recorded it in 1945 (Mercury Records catalog number 2041). Dean Martin recorded his rendition of the song in a 1950. Another one of those was an August 20, 1951 recording by Jerry Gray and his orchestra (Decca Records catalog number 27868[3]). Johnnie Ray recorded his version in 1956 for the Columbia Records label. It reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1956.[4]

The song was recorded in 1957 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.[5] Breaking on January 1, 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.[6]

Nat King Cole included his interpretation of this song on his 1957 Capitol Records album Just One of Those Things backed by Billy May's big band.

Ella Fitzgerald included this song on her 1960 Verve release Let No Man Write My Epitaph, accompanied only by pianist Paul Smith.

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.

Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi perform the song in the film All That Jazz (1979).

Harry Connick, Jr. recorded it as a bonus track for his 2009 album Your Songs.

Clay Aiken recorded the song as a bonus track for his 2010 album Tried and True.


The lyrics of most popular versions 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

Court case[edit]

This song was the subject of litigation in the 1985 U.S. Supreme Court case Mills Music v. Snyder, 469 U.S. 153.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Furia, Philip; 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?" 
  2. ^ Dietrich, Madeline. "Western Swing in Transcription: Who's Sorry Now? by Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies" (PDF). www.maddiedietrich. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Ron Roberts: Connie Francis Discography 1955–1975
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 212. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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