Classic Hit Academy -Apology Songs- Hard To Say I'm Sorry by Chicago

The band Chicago had a solid list of hits in the early to mid 70s. By 1980, however, album and singles sales had dropped off considerably.Columbia Records dropped them from its roster in 1981.

Canadian producer and songwriter David Foster was brought on the bands new label Warner Brothers.

The shift for the band was for less emphasis on their trademark rockin horn section, and a turn to lush power ballads. On this song not only did the bands horns section get backburner status but also top studio musicians and members of Toto, Steve Lukather (guitar), David Paich (synthesizer) and Steve Porcaro (synthesizer), were brought to play on this track instead of the band members themselves.

There might have been some apologies made to the band members most of whom got shelved during the recording sessions but the new sound was a rebirth for the band. The new direction brought back commercial success and #1 hits.

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