” Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word ” is by Elton John ( Reginald Kenneth Dwight ), the English singer, pianist and composer. Elton was born on the 25th of March 1947 in Pinner, a village in Middlesex, England. The village, formerly a hamlet, is named after the River Pinn, which runs through it.
Elton and his friends formed a band called Bluesology 1962. He took the name ” Elton John ” as a tribute to two members of the group, saxophonist Elton Dean and vocalist Long John Baldry.
In 1967, Elton answered an advertisement in the New Musical Express ( NME ), a British music magazine. The ad had been placed by the A&R manager for Liberty Records, Ray Williams. At the meeting, Elton was handed a stack of lyrics written by a then-unknown lyricist called Bernie Taupin, who had also answered the same ad.
Elton wrote music to accompany the lyrics he’d been handed by Ray; he then mailed the music to Taupin. The result was to become one of the best selling music partnerships in music history and one that continues today. To date the collaboration has produced over 30 Albums, with sales of over 300 million records, making Elton John one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the English lyricist, poet and singer. Bernie Taupin was born on the 22nd of May 1950 in Lincolnshire, a county in east England. As the lyricist for Elton, Bernie would write on his own, send them to Elton who would put them to music.
Although this process is still used by them today, they do work more closely together with Bernie joining Elton in the studio. In addition to his work with Elton, he has co-written for other artists including Starship, whose 1985 song ” We Built This City ” was a Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One for the group.
Bernie also co-wrote with Martin Page, the English singer-songwriter, Heart’s 1986 US chart-topper ” These Dreams”. He has also written songs for Exile, Alice Cooper, Marianne Faithfull, Rod Stewart and Olivia Newton-John.
” Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word ” was produced by Gus Dudgeon, who was an English record producer best known for working on many of Elton’s biggest hits. Gus was born on the 30th of September 1942 in Woking, in the English county of Surrey, England.
His career began during the middle part of the 1960s when he worked as an engineer with record label Decca. As an engineer there Gus worked with many of top recording artists like the Rolling Stones, the Zombies, John Mayall, the Small Faces and Marianne Faithfull.
Gus worked with a diverse range of artists which included David Bowie, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Kiki Dee, The Moody Blues, Lindisfarne, Cliff Richard and The Strawbs. Gus died along with his wife, Sheila, in a car crash on the 21st of July 2002. Elton John’s Peachtree Road Album, released in 2004, was dedicated to the memory of Gus and Sheila Dudgeon.
The song, a mournful ballad about a romance that is falling apart, was released on the 1st of November 1976 by record labels Rocket ( The Island Def Jam Music Group ) in the United Kingdom and MCA ( Universal Music Group ) in the United States. It was taken from Elton’s eleventh album, Blue Moves.
The album, released on the 22nd of October 1976, was the second double album released after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and his first on his label, Rocket Records Ltd.
Although Blue Moves had a much darker tone than previous releases and suffered negative reviews by critics, it was a commercial success for Elton. In the United States, it reached number three on the Billboard 200 and in the United Kingdom reached the same position on the UK Albums Chart. The album also charted inside the Top Ten in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, France, Italy, New Zealand and Spain.
” Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word ” was a commercial success for Elton. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number six on the Billboard Hot 100, spending fourteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 13th of November 1976 and reached a peak of number eleven. It spent three weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 6
UK Highest Chart Position: 11
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Netherlands 14, New Zealand 7, Canada 3
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