Freddie Perren

The Triumph and Tragedy of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"

As most soul fans first heard it when it was released in 1975, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" was a bittersweet song about moving to a new chapter in life. Freddie Perren - a member of the production collective known as "The Corporation" at Motown - penned the tune with his wife Christine Yarian for one of the label's utility players to sing: G.C. Cameron, formerly of the soul group The Spinners.