William White

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It is not surprising that those eking out a living in the insecure career of songwriting would feel apologetic toward their dependents during the lean times. William White seems to have actually made…
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It is not surprising that those eking out a living in the insecure career of songwriting would feel apologetic toward their dependents during the lean times. William White seems to have actually made a career out of the entire process, co-writing a song entitled "I'm Sorry" in which at least eight apologies are delivered. Not to be confused with the 19th century bishop of the same name, White concocted the guilt-ridden ditty with the help of Buck Ram and Peter Tinturin. The former name should ring a bell -- or better set off a chorus of sha la las -- among the doo wop crowd since it was the prodding of Ram's creative horns that resulted in the Platters becoming hitmakers. "I'm Sorry" doesn't exactly have anything to apologize for in this regard, having steadily bubbled just under the Top Ten when first released in 1957. Jerome Kern was among the better-known and certainly more prolific tunesmiths the Platters plated on vinyl; in contrast, White seems to be mostly known for this one song and sentiment.