Like a lot of the bands of the 1960s and 1970s, I didn’t know who most of them were when I heard them on the radio (many radio announcers would conveniently ignore their names). With Chicago, I didn’t really get into their music until the 1980s, after I met my wife, Josie.
Chicago’s first album was released in 1969. Although they had several hits in the 1970s, my favorite songs were from the 1980s. I make no bones that the 1980s is my favorite era when it comes to music.
When I met Josie in 1983, she told me of all the American bands and solo artists she liked listening to. Even though she was born and raised in the Philippines, she liked very few Filipino songs.
Chicago was high up on her list, at the same level as Lionel Richie and Nazareth. I’ll have to get to those artists as soon as I can, I suppose, because she reads this stuff.
“Hard to Say I’m Sorry” is one of the songs Josie wants me to sing when we do the Karaoke thing in our compound. Like all the rest of the songs she wants me to sing, I have to be almost falling down drunk to agree to singing it. She tries to get me to sing a certain Tagalog song too and I have to be tore up from the floor up before I’ll even attempt to sing it.
This is the only Chicago song to win a Grammy in 1977 for “Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus”.
The official title is “Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away” but the second part is usually cut off when the song is broadcast on radio. Most videos don’t include it either. This one does.
By: RT Cunningham
October 31, 2016
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