About The Song

The band’s lead singer, Peter Cetera and Foster got together an wrote Hard To Say I’m Sorry, a song initially required for a film as Chicago’s trumpeter, Lee Loughnane recalled, “The film was in the process of being created when we presented the song to them.” The film was called Summer Lovers a story of a three-way love affair between one man and two women in the Greek Isles. It bombed.

The film may have flopped but the track didn’t. Typical of a David Foster composition, this song has little in the way of verse but seemingly two choruses. There’s the, ‘Hold me now, it’s hard for me to say I’m sorry’ section as well as the, ‘After all that we’ve been through, I will make it up to you’.

Foster, as good as he was, did upset some members of the band. Remember, these guys had played all their own jazz-fusion-rock music for nearly 15 years, but Foster decided to bring in three of his own musicians to play on this track, namely the Toto A-team – guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboard players David Paich and Steve Porcaro, but Foster knew exactly what sound he wanted and got it.

Hard to Say I’m Sorry went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the AOR chart too. It also topped the charts in Italy, Ireland, Canada and Switzerland, in the UK it peaked at number four.


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