EVERY UK NUMBER ONE: ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ – Connie Francis

What was the number one song in the UK on 16th May 1958?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer Connie Francis, topped the charts for 6 weeks with Who’s Sorry Now?

Well, it’s quite nice to hear Connie sing this song as my main experiences of this song is my dad singing it around the house in shall we say, slightly less dulcet tones. Connie Francis sings with an alluring charm and brings to the song a certain lightness that perhaps the subject matter of the song suggests otherwise. It has quite a comforting rhythm to it, even though I have no doubt that many heartbroken women probably endlessly sang it after one too many sloe gin fizzes. I love it.


“Who’s Sorry Now?” is a popular song with music written by Ted Snyder and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. It was published in 1923, when Isham Jones took it to number three. Other popular versions in 1923 were by Marion Harris, Original Memphis Five, Lewis James, and Irving Kaufman.

“Who’s Sorry Now?” was also featured in the Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca (1946), directed by Archie Mayo and released by United Artists. It was also used in the 1950 film Three Little Words when it was sung by Gloria DeHaven.

Karen Elson with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks recorded the song for an episode of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.

The song was a major hit in 1958 for American singer Connie Francis, who took her cover of the song to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and charted at number one in the UK Singles Chart. It spent 22 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100, her single of greatest longevity, and became her first of eight gold records.


“Ah ah uh uh
Who’s sorry now?
Who’s sorry now?
Whose heart is achin’ for breakin’ each vow?
Who’s sad and blue, who’s cryin’ too?
Just like I cried over you
right to the end, just like a friend
I tried to warn you somehow
You had your way, now you must pay
I’m glad that you’re sorry now
right to the end, just like a friend
I tried to warn you somehow
You had your way, now you must pay
I’m glad that you’re sorry now”

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