I Apologize

Billy Eckstine

About I Apologize

"I Apologize" is a popular song written by Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart, and Ed Nelson. The song was published in 1931 and recordings by Bing Crosby and Nat Shilkret were very successful that year. Probably the best-known version of the song was recorded by Billy Eckstine. This recording was released by MGM Records as catalog number 10903. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on February 23, 1951, and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at number eight. It was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. Tony Martin and also Champ Butler enjoyed chart success in 1951. Dinah Washington recorded the song in 1952 for her album Blazing BalladsTimi Yuro recorded the song for Liberty Records. It reached # 72 on the US Charts in 1961. Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin (1962). A recording by P. J. Proby reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart in 1965. Matt Monro's version is included in the album Matt Uncovered - The Rarer MonroActor James Caan featured the song in the 1991 film, For the Boys. 


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If I told a lie, if I made you cry
When I said goodbye, I'm sorry
From the bottom of my heart, dear
I apologize
If I caused you pain, I know I'm to blame
Must have been insane, believe me
From the bottom of my heart, dear
I apologize
I realize I've been unfair to you
Please let me make amends
Don't say that you forgot the love we knew
After all, we were more than friends
If I made you blue, I've had heartaches too
Now I beg of you, forgive me
From the bottom of my heart, dear
I apologize
Give me back your glance, give me back romance
Give me one more chance, forgive me
From the bottom of my heart, dear
I apologize

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Billy Eckstine

William Clarence Eckstine (July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993) was an American singer of ballads and a bandleader of the swing era. Eckstine's smooth baritone and distinctive vibrato broke down barriers throughout the 1940s, first as leader of the original bop big-band, then as the first romantic black male in popular music. Eckstine's recording of "I Apologize" (MGM Pop Single, 1948) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. more »

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Written by: Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman, Edward G. Nelson

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