In the mid-'70s, Elton John scored two number one pop albums, Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy (platinum, number one pop for seven weeks, May 1975) and Rock of the Westies (platinum, number one pop for three weeks, 1976); both entered the charts at number one. This after having Top Ten pop success in the early '70s with such singles as "Your Song," "The Bitch Is Back," and "Bennie and the Jets." His winning streak seemed to falter in 1976. Some speculate that his public admission of bisexuality played a part in his downturn, making it doubly ironic that one of the singles during that time was "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word." It stands as one of the singer's best efforts, co-written with his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. John's breakneck schedule no doubt led to his weariness and his uninvolvement in the promotion of the song at the time. Produced by Gus Dudgeon and included on the platinum album Blue Moves, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" sold more than a million copies, holding the number two pop spot for two weeks and going to number one adult contemporary in late 1976. It would be the last big hit for the John/Taupin duo as the two ceased their collaboration and John went into semi-retirement.