Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Az Yet featuring Peter Cetera | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#8) & R&B (#20); 1997

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Az Yet’s brief brush with fame brought them two Top 10 hits on the Pop chart, and only one on the R&B side, a somewhat unusual turn of events for a 1990’s urban group. The debut single, Last Night, soared all the way to #1 R&B in the fall of 1996 and did movie time as a featured song in The Nutty Professor. Night was written in part by Babyface who had signed the Philadelphia boys to his label in 1995. Back then they called themselves Az Yet Untitled because of their category-defying range of influences and singing styles. That genre-bending tendency was evident in Az Yet’s choice to cover Hard To Say I’m Sorry, originally by superstar pop group Chicago. Sorry’s original co-writer and singer, Peter Cetera, also helped out vocally on Az Yet’s rendition. That combination resulted in a stronger response from the pop fans who no doubt remembered Sorry when it originally topped the Hot 100 in 1982.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Babyface

Lyrics Written by:

  • Peter Cetera
  • David Foster