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Connie Francis

Connie Francis is the prototype for the female pop singer of today. At the height of her chart popularity in the late '50s and early '60s, Francis was unique as a female recording artist, amassing record sales equal to or surpassing those of many of her male contemporaries. Ultimately, she branched into other styles of music -- big band, country, ethnic, and more. She still challenges Madonna as the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time. Like Madonna, Concetta Rosemarie Franconero came from an Italian-American background. Francis started her music career at three, playing an accordion bought for her by her contractor father, George. Her father's dream was not for his daughter to become a star, but for Francis to become independent of men as an adult with her own accordion school of music. At age ten, she was accepted on Startime, a New York City television show that featured talented child singers and performers. The show had no one else who played an accordion. Its host, legendary TV talent scout Arthur Godfrey, had difficulty pronouncing her name and suggested something "easy and Irish," which turned into Francis. After three weeks on Startime, the show's producer and Francis' would-be manager advised her to dump the accordion and concentrate on singing. Francis performed weekly on Startime for four years.

After being turned down by almost every record label she approached, 16-year-old Francis signed a record contract with MGM, only because one of the songs on her demo, "Freddy," also happened to be the name of the president's son. "Freddy" was released in June 1955 as the singer's first single. After a series of flop singles, on October 2, 1957 she undertook what was to be her last session for MGM. Francis had recently accepted a premed scholarship to New York University and was contemplating the end of her career as a singer. Having recorded two songs, she thanked the technicians and musicians, hoping not to have to record the third song her father had in mind, an old tune from 1923. After a false start, she sang it in one take. When Dick Clark played "Who's Sorry Now?" on American Bandstand, he told the show's eight million viewers that Connie Francis was "a new girl singer that is heading straight for the number one spot."

"Who's Sorry Now?" was the first of Francis' long string of worldwide hits. By 1967, she had sold 35 million worldwide, with 35 U.S. Top 40 hits and several number ones ("Everybody's Somebody's Fool," "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own," "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You," and "Stupid Cupid") to her credit. Released in 1963, "In the Summer of His Years," written as a tribute to the assassinated John F. Kennedy, remains one of the earliest known charity records, with proceeds donated to dependents of the policemen shot during the incident.

Francis had an affinity for languages and was one of the first pop singers to record her songs in other languages; 1961's title song from the movie Where the Boys Are was recorded in six languages. She starred in four (nondescript) films, sang voice-overs in movies for actresses who could not sing, and was a guest star on innumerable TV shows. Music critics who didn't take kindly to Francis' pop music years were eventually won over by her versatility. Her Italian and Jewish albums transformed Francis from a teenage idol to a mature performer at leading nightspots around the world. She has also had a long history being a composer's first choice to interpret songs that went on to become major hits for other artists, including "Somewhere My Love," "Strangers in the Night," "Angel in the Morning," and "When Will the Apples Fall."

While the recording of "Who's Sorry Now?" in 1957 was planned to be her final session for MGM, she actually ended that relationship in 1969, choosing not to renew her contract when MGM was taken over by Polydor. She opted instead for domestic life with her third husband. Francis didn't return to the recording studio until 1973 when the writers of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," longtime friends, wrote "The Answer" especially for Francis. In 1974, her husband encouraged her to return to the stage, with disastrous consequences. After her third performance, she was raped at the hotel where she was staying. Ultimately, this incident contributed to the end of her marriage. During 1975, nasal surgery temporarily robbed her of her voice. She was on the comeback trail in 1981 when her brother, George, was brutally murdered. It took seven years to determine that through all of those events, she was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She finally made her return to the stage and recording in 1989, and Connie Francis has continued to sing to sold-out audiences into the new millennium. She has recorded more than 70 LPs. ~ Ed Nimmervoll
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gold: Connie Francis

Disc 1

1. Who's Sorry Now

2. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry

3. Stupid Cupid

4. Fallin'

5. My Happiness

6. If I Didn't Care

7. Lipstick On Your Collar

8. Frankie

9. You're Gonna Miss Me

10. Among My Souvenirs

11. God Bless America

12. Mama

13. Teddy

14. Everybody's Somebody's Fool

15. Jealous Of You: Tango Della Gelosia

16. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own

17. Malaguena

18. Many Tears Ago

19. Where The Boys Are

20. Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart

21. Together

22. He's My Dreamboat

23. Hollywood

24. When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart)

25. Baby's First Christmas

Disc 2

1. Don't Break The Heart That Loves You

2. Second Hand Love

3. Vacation

4. I Was Such A Fool (To Fall In Love With You)

5. I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter

6. Al Di La

7. Follow The Boys

8. If My Pillow Could Talk

9. Drownin' My Sorrows

10. Your Other Love

11. In The Summer Of His Years

12. Blue Winter

13. Be Anything (But Be Mine)

14. Looking For Love

15. Don't Ever Leave Me

16. Whose Heart Are You Breaking Tonight?

17. For Mama: La Mamma

18. Forget Domani

19. Jealous Heart

20. When The Boys Meet The Girls

21. Spanish Nights And You

22. Time Alone Will Tell: Non Pensare A Me

23. Born Free

24. The Wedding Cake

25. Zingara: Gypsy

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Connie Francis

1. Who's Sorry Now

2. Stupid Cupid

3. My Happiness

4. Lipstick On Your Collar

5. Among My Souvenirs

6. Mama

7. Everybody's Somebody's Fool

8. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own

9. Where The Boys Are

10. Breakin' In A Brand New Heart

11. Don't Break The Heart That Loves You

12. Vacation

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Track List: The Very Best Of Connie Francis Volume Two

1. When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart)

2. Mama

3. Blue Winter

4. Together

5. God Bless America

6. Be Anything

7. For Mama (La Mamma)

8. Al-Di-La

9. Malaguena

10. I Was Such A Fool (To Fall In Love With You)

11. Jealous Of You

12. Time Alone Will Tell

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Track List: Spanish Songs

2. Siboney

3. Malaguena

6. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas

7. Nosotros

8. Donde Hay Chicos

9. Todo El Amor Del Mundo

10. Gracias

12. Vaya Con Dios

13. Aquellos Ojos Verdes

14. Solamente Una Vez

15. La Bamba

16. Celos

17. Linda Muchachita

18. Muchas Gracias

20. Yo Se

21. Amor

22. Que Sola Estoy

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listening to her now...my teenage idol...love her...
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Connie Francis was one of my favorite pop singer of all times with an amazing voice. Love her, may she rest in peace. You are the best!!!
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Love Connie Francis songs
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Comparing Connie Francis with Judy Garland is very insightful. Both singers are great &very identified with their music. Saw Ms.Francis on tour,in Boston-she has the voice still&what a loyal,large, a n d devoted following!
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One of the greatest voices of all time loved to listen to her sing.
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Am I the only 16 year old loving this
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arrowdave6: that's the dude who raped her.
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frankwiener
Connie's earliest years were spent in the Ironbound section (Down Neck) of Newark NJ, not far from my father's bar. We are so proud of you! What a voice, and put her heart into all of her songs. No, they don't make them like Connie Francis any more. I am so sorry about the tragedies in her life. God bless you, Connie Francis.
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She's the best. Such purity in her voice. Always loved to hear her sing. So sorry she had such pain in her life. She's always been special to me.
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She is the greatest.
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Connie Francis is one of the greatest female artists of all time. She understands what she sings which makes each song memorable and powerful. She deserves a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the music industry.
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Call me 435 225 2045
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dragonlady60 8 8
WHERE THE BOYS ARE WAS A GREAT CLASSIC MOVIE
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I just read her bio. Sang her music to my family, didn't know she was diagnosed with bi-polar. Didn't even know she was still alive. When you're having mental problems alot of singing is personal. Wish I could see her perform/meet her.
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She awesome!!
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A secret heart and voice if there ever was one.
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My very favorite.
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Where the boys are is Amazing,And Who's sorry now.That's my Jamm!! Thank you,so much.
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While my mom was dying of cancer I sang along to Connie Francis to her. It seemed to relax her to hear me sing like she use to. Love you mom!!
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She's my favorite!!! So sweet voice!!!
Longtime fan of her since my teens!!!
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dkcrandall0
No mention of sincerely, my favorite
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manuelcynthi a 1 2
Great music.
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Breaks my heart to see my darling Connie so out of it. God bless her and I'll always love her and her music. My favorite song "I have the memories but she have you", also a verse in it saying I have class ring but she have you. Hoping to see her again soon.
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Choice lovely to listen to
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Everybody's Somebody's fool - Connie from The L Word Soundtrack): another gem from Connie. I imagine this track can also be found on her Gold LP also.
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cdokken7
WHAT A VOICE!! LOVE HER!!
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My heart has a mind of its own - CF off Gold LP: Wonderful - I'm sixteen again - great sound.
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Stupid cupid - Connie Francis: The chick could rock and next minute sing like an angel and break your heart - wonderful, wonderful voice
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smithcw98
Just plain great! Thanks.
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I will always be a Connie Francis fan,,,, she is part of why music is the language of love y passion.
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mike3345mike
I wish you would come here to VEGAS...ONCE more !!!
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I have always been partial to Connie Francis - albeit I love traditional country music!
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I love her sass and her voice! my favorite song: Lipstick on your Collar
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Awesome. Love it.
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t_heath
WHat a beautiful voice, so smooth
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Connie Francis is the best! She brings me back to my childhood when my beautiful Italian mother would play ha songs and my father and how used to dance what memories. Keep playing Connie Pandora
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Theodore morales l have loved Connie forever she's the greatest
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She is the best this is Brenda
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I have liked Connie for every she is the best. Iove all she has done.
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mllambb
one of my favorite gals (3) of her era
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"I count a broken heart among my souvenirs".. . t h a t shocking event which has blistered most loving mortals, engages Connie Francis so endearingly with her fans through the years: count me in on that! ��
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One of the great singers of the 50's and 60's
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I was born in love with Connie Francis. Thank you very much.
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Connie Francis has been my No. 1 artist as a child. My mother took me to see her perform at the old McCormick Place in Chicago. At only 12 years of age, she kissed me on my cheek. Twenty years later, I returned to Mill Run Theater with a date, went back stage to see her and when I reminded her what she did when I was 12, she once again kissed me in front of my date. Both women got a kick out of it. Best time of my life.
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What a voice. Thru high school she was my favorite artist. Saw her perform in Minnesota at the Celebrity Room in the 80's. What a singer.
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I saw her USO show in Viet Nan in 1967. Maybe a clue to where she disappeared. Loved her voice before, while she was singing in that huge airplane hangar at the airport on Qui Nhon airport, and even more ever since. She was in a white mini dress and white go go boots. What a visual and what a voice! Love her.
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connie francispatsy cline two best female singers ever..
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Connie. I know you have been through a lot of hurtful things, but we miss you. I am talking for myself and others. You were and are awesome. Nancy. from MA now in FLA
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I love the late 50''s and the early 60's with Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, and Loreta Lynn
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Most likely the greatest female voice there ever was. Miss Connie Francis.
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