Brenda Lee

I'm Sorry

Composed by Dub Albritton / Ronnie Self

Song Review by

Following on the heels of Brenda Lee's first big hit, "Sweet Nothin's," "I'm Sorry" reached the top of the charts in the summer of 1960 on its way to becoming her definitive song. Calling the song definitive is no stretch of the imagination, either -- Ben Vaughn wrote a song called "I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)," which just illustrates how the tune grabbed the public's imagination. Though it might seem a little dated to some modern ears, it deserves its acclaims, since it is among the finest teen pop songs of its era. Written by Ronnie Self, the song blends elements of teenage rock & roll with a sweeping Nashville-styled production, resulting in a melancholy sigh of regret, delivered with adolescent urgency by Lee. The tune is catchy enough and the production is terrific, but Lee's performance is what brings the song to life, elevating beyond typical teenage melodrama. Since the emotions are fairly adolescent and its style is firmly rooted in its era, the song hasn't been covered much, but it would have been hard to top Lee's original recording, simply because it captures the moment so well.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Brenda Lee 1960 Hallmark 2:39
No Image 1960 MCA
No Image 1961
No Image 1966
The Brenda Lee Story (Her Greatest Hits) 1974 MCA 2:38
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 1976
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
Oldies but Goodies, Vol. 2 [Box] 1987
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
MCA Records 30 Years of Hits (1958-1988) 1988
Various Artists
MCA 2:40
Rock Around the Oldies, Vol. 3 [Universal Special Products] 1989
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:40
No Image 1990
Various Artists
MCA
The Fisher King 1991
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:24
My Greatest Songs 1991 MCA / Universal 2:40
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '60s - Sock Hop 1991
Various Artists
2:41
No Image 1992
Various Artists
PA
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:41
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
From the Vaults: Decca Country Classics 1994
Various Artists
Decca / MCA 2:42
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Warner Special Products
Women of Country [Life, Times & Music] 1995
Various Artists
Life Times & Music 2:40
Vintage Collectibles, Vol.  9: 1958-1963 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:39
Casino [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:36
No Image 1995
Various Artists
La Mejor Musica
The Nashville Sound: Owen Bradley 1996
Various Artists
MCA 2:39
Stand by Your Man [Nic at Night] 1996
Various Artists
Nick At Nite / Columbia 2:40
Trucker's Jukebox, Vol. 4 [Universal] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:36
Only Rock 'N Roll 1960-1964: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:42
Biggest Summer Hits 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:40
Legendary Women of Country 1996
Various Artists
MCA 2:39
True Love Ways [Crimson] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:41
60's Heartbreakers 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:40
Live Dynamite! 1997 Charly Records 2:15
Only Love 1960-1964 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:40
Mega Country, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Pmf
The Ultimate Country Collection [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:40
Country Women [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:40
Wonderful Music of Brenda Lee: Live 1998 Bcd
Classic Country: Country Roots 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:39
Mega Country [10 CD] 1998
Various Artists
Americana Records, Inc.
Country Woman: The Platinum Collection 1998
Various Artists
Start 2:15
Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Unchained Melody 1999
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment
The Divas of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
WMO (Netherlands) / Allegiance Records 2:14
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brenda Lee 1999 MCA / MCA Nashville 2:40
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Still Rockin' 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:41
Greatest Hits: Millennium 60s, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Great Voices of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
Double Gold 2:14
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:40
Country Music Classics 2000
Various Artists
Import 2:13
Oh What a Night: Hits of the Sixties and Seveties 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:40
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 & 15 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
Universal Masters Collection: Classic 2000 Polydor 2:41
First Ladies of Country [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 2:11
Number One Hits: 1960-1964 2000
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 2:41
Miss Dynamite Live 2000 Mastersound 2:12
Country Gold [St. Clair] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:13
Brenda Lee [Weton Compilation] 2001 Weton-Wesgram / K-Box
No Image 2001
Various Artists
WSM
Women of Country [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:40
Sweet Nothings 2002 Dressed To Kill 2:14
Easy Listening Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:39
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Realm Records 2:41
Legends of Country: 36 Great Performances 2003
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Entertainment
Greatest Summer Beach Hits [3] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:40
Greatest Summer Beach Hits [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:40
Hits of the 60's [2003 Import] 2004
Various Artists
Delta Blue 2:11
Easy 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:40
The Great Country Collection 2004
Various Artists
Red X 2:13
The Very Best of Brenda Lee 2004 One Day Music 2:41
Little Miss Dynamite in Concert 2004 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Entertainment
Sings Her Greatest Hits 2004 Direct Source 2:38
The Collection 2004 Madacy 2:39
The Hit Collection 2004 Intercontinental Records / Double Play Records 2:36
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:40
Favorite Hits 2005 Intersound 2:40
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Legacy
Greatest Rock and Roll Songs 2005 Curb 2:38
100% All Woman 2005
Various Artists
Intersound / Compendia Music Group 2:38
The Greatest Rock and Roll Concert Ever [Horizon] 2005
Various Artists
Horizon 2:09
Best of the 60's: Oh! What a Night/Love... 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Country Ladies and Gentlemen 2005
Various Artists
Dove 2:11
Essential Country, Vol. 2: Duets 2005
Various Artists
Mastersong
Country 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
16 Greatest Hits 2005 Intersound 2:38
The Definitive Collection 2006 MCA Nashville 2:42
Country Music Legends [RCR] 2006 CBUJ Distribution 2:38
#1 Hits of the Summer: Beach Party 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:42
Best Selection 2006 Universal Distribution 2:41
Karaoke: Forever Country 2006
Karaoke
Forever Hits 2:46
Malt Shop Memories: Save the Last Dance 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
Paraiso Tropical: Internacional 2007
Various Artists
Som Livre 2:40
Complete Classic Country Experience 2007
Various Artists
Sheridan Square Records 2:37
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
I'm Sorry 2007 MCA 2:39
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:41
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Polydor
Malt Shop Memories [Box Set] 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
No Image 2008
Various Artists
G & H 2:40
Legends of Country Music [Music Digital] 2008
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Music Digital 2:13
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal B.V. / Universal Distribution 2:38
The Best of Brenda Lee [Universal] 2009 Spectrum Music / MCA / Universal Distribution / Universal-Island Records 2:41
No. 1 Country Album 2010
Various Artists
Celtic Note 2:11
Silver Spurs: Classic Country Hits 2010
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 2:17
Dynamite 2011 DM Digital 2:39
1960 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits, Vol. 9, Pt. 2 2011
Various Artists
Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:42
Hit Parade 1960 2011
Various Artists
Dynamic / dynamic records 2:42
Pop Memories of the 60s [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
101 Country Hits [DLG Digital] 2011
Various Artists
DLG Digital 2:40
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes [10 Disc Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Go Entertainment 2:40
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree [Red Bus] 2011 Red Bus 2:36
Heartbeats & Heartaches 2011
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:42
All Alone Am I [Sound and Vision] 2012 Sound and Vision 2:39
Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons D'Amour 2012 2012
Various Artists
SM
The Hits of the 60s [DST] 2012
Various Artists
Dst / Music & Melody 2:41
All Alone Am I [Sound and Vision] 2012 Sound and Vision 2:39
Jukebox Favourites: Hits of the 50's & 60's 2012
Various Artists
AP Music
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 11: 1960 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:41
Queens of Country [CMR] 2012
Various Artists
CMR
Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles 2013 Real Gone Music 2:41
Classic Love Songs of the '60s: Sealed With a Kiss 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
No Image 2013 AP Music
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes: Shakin' All Over 2013
Various Artists
Go / Go Entertainment 2:42
Salut Les Copains 1959-1968: Best of 2013
Various Artists
UMSM / Universal Music 2:40
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:42
Girls of the '60s: Dedicated to the One I Love 2013
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:38
American Heartbeat 1960 2013
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:42
Sweethearts and Stolen Kisses: From the Movies 2014
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:41
The  Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:45
Country 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:38
The Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs: 1956-62 2014 Acrobat / Acrobat Music 3:13
Best of the 60s (The Classics) 2014
Various Artists
Amazing Sound 2:42
No Image
Various Artists
Wagram
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records 2:42
1960 British Hit Parade, Vol. 1: January To June
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:43
All Time Ballads
Various Artists
Universal 2:45
American Sounds of the 60's, Vol. 1
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:42
At Last: Romantic Classics [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:40
Blue Suede Shoes and More Milion Sellers
Various Artists
Sound and Vision 2:39
Classic Album Collection Plus Goldies 2:39
Classic Country Jukebox
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:39
Classic Easy: Listening Favourites
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:40
Classic Love Songs [Excalibur]
Various Artists
Excalibur 1:37
No Image
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper
Country Ladies - Over 200 Vintage Country Music Hits
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:42
De Pre Historie: 1960, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 2:40
Decade of Hits: The 60's
Various Artists
Dynamic / Dynamic Nostalgia
Divas
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:45
Dreamboats and Petticoats, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
Fools Rush In Play 24-7 / Play 27-7 2:40
Golden International Evergreens
Various Artists
Documents
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 11
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:37
Hits im Doppelpack, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Documents
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 2:10
I Just Love a Lazy Sunday Morning
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:39
Icons of the 1950s: 100 Classic Love Songs
Various Artists
HLI 2:42
In Concert: I'm Sorry Woodford
Johnny B Goode
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:43
No Image
Various Artists
Wagram
No Image Coral Music Group
No Image
Various Artists
Wagram
No Image
Various Artists
Metro / Metro Tins
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 11
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:28
Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox: Hits from the '50s & '60s
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:40
Rock 'n' Roll Slows
Various Artists
Excalibur 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:28
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 7: 2002- 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:28
Romancing the '60s: Sealed with a Kiss
Various Artists
StarVista 2:42
Songbirds [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:41
Sounds of the 60's, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:38
Sweet Ballads
Various Artists
BMG
No Image Fourmatt 2:42
Sweethearts & Stolen Kisses: Love Songs
Various Artists
Performance
The  Best of Classic Rock: Green Series
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 2:43
The  Sockhop Collection: I Hear a Symphony
Various Artists
StarVista 2:42
Tragedy: Rock 'N' Roll Heartbreakers
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England)
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