Last time out, I tried pairing Karla Bonoff against Joe Cocker, and Joe made quick work of Karla. It was almost a waste of time for you to come by here for that one, and I’d like to say "I’m Sorry." Actually, I’d like the three artists in today’s battle to say it for me. Yes, here are three different songs by three different artists all named "I’m Sorry," and I’d like to get your opinion on which of the three is best.

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee’s "I’m Sorry" comes from her eponymous second album in 1960. As a single, it topped both the Billboard and Cash Box charts, reached #4 on the R&B chart, and was #12 in the UK.

John Denver

John’s 1975 single "I’m Sorry" was from that year’s Windsong LP, and topped the Country, Pop, and Adult Contemporary charts in the US, topped the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts in Canada and reached #4 on the Canadian Country chart.


I had never heard about Tyrese Gibson before this evening. Wikipedia tells us he’s a "singer, songwriter, author, rapper, actor, model, VJ, and screenwriter." This is from his 2001 album 2000 Watts.

So, there are our contestants for this battle. Most of you know what the next step is, but for those of you who are new to this, here are your instructions:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Thursday, October 8, so be sure and get your vote to me by then. Voting is open to everyone; all you need is a pair of ears and opinion.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Brenda, John, and Tyrese!

19 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “I’m Sorry”

  1. Wow! I heard of Tyrese…before you..I am speechless. I don’t vote for him because it just sounds like the typical stuff you hear nowadays…it has no originality to me. I like Brenda Lee and her famous song but I give this to John Denver. His voice is so strong and he created a song I consider more folk than country. How I wish he was still around. John gets my vote.

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  2. Hmmm….

    JOHN, my comment / BOTB bote didn’t post. But I said something “politically incorrect” in it, so maybe it went straight to spam. If you don’t find it there, let me know and I can re-submit a more Millennial-approved, tame and censored version.

    ~ D-FensDogG


  3. There’s no need to apologize, JOHN. Don’t even give it a second thought!

    But what I want to know is…
    are you sorry? Are you sorry for putting us all through that last sorry Battle of yours?!?!

    OK… I’m dun now.

    This Battle was a goot juan!

    Even before I played any of these songs, my Brother (who was already very familiar with the first two recordings) told me he was voting for John Denver. By the title, I didn’t even think I knew the JD song, and I was surprised that my Brother knew it when I didn’t. But the very moment that Denver got to the chorus, the light bulb above my noggin lit up like a police station in Minneapolis… or Portland… or Seattle.

    Nevertheless, BRENDA LEE gets my vote. I just can’t vote against Brenda. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I saw her live at a showroom in some L.A.-area casino circa 1991 and she did the coolest thing I ever saw at a concert. Brenda went out into the audience followed by a roadie with a Kodak Instamatic Camera and she posed with members of the audience. The roadie would take a picture and then hand it to the fan while it was still developing in the fan’s hand. Now THAT is a STAR!!

    I did like the John Denver song, too, but… BRENDA!

    Guest BOTB Boter: Judge Al Bondigas (my brother)
    After more than two decades in Phoenix, the judge has left Airheadzona and now lives here with me in Willoughberry. And he is contributing a bote for… JOHN DENVER.

    ~ D-FensDogG

    POSTSCRIPT: If the correct artist doesn’t win this Battle, I sure hope no organization is going to come along and burn down your police stat– er,… I mean, your BLOG, John!

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  4. When I first read the title of the song being used for battle, I immediately thought of Brenda Lee. I can’t say that I’ve always liked her. I hadn’t heard John Denver’s tune, but I like how much more soothing it was to me. But when it came to Tyrese… I thought for sure I would hate it. So imagine my surprise when I find myself casting my vote for Tyrese. I like the R & B groove that it has going on, and somehow I think it’s going to be an earworm for me today. So, yes, my vote is going for Tyrese today.

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  5. I’m sorry but I don’t like the Tyree one at all. This is going to be a close one between Brenda and John, I think. I have to give my vote to John Denver though. Sometimes when I hear it I cry — gotta go with the emotions. Happy October 1.

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  6. John,

    I know your first two “I’m Sorry” songs and artists. Your third pick is new-to-me which is quite nice but nostalgia calls my heart to go with John Denver because I just love his oldies. Have a bandtastic day, my friend!

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  7. I love the Brenda Lee and the John Denver songs the most. There is something about John Denver’s song that whisks me back to a time I don’t think I will ever witness again. My vote goes to him.

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  8. I hadn’t heard the Tyrese song before, but it is another one of those formulaic modern hip hop tinged songs that sounds like it came out of a box of instant song mix. In other words, it sounds like a million other songs that have come out in recent years. Okay as background music, but blah.

    The other two I’m well familiar with. The Brenda Lee song is about as soppy as they come, but it’s a nice tune that brings back a lot of memories. My father seemed to like it, or at least he would sing it now and then. Maybe he was making fun or something. But I do remember him singing it sometimes.

    I like John Denver’s music quite a lot even though some of his songs seem a bit soppy in a syrupy sweet way, but it’s very listenable for me.

    Give my vote to John Denver.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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