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    Connie Francis

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    Genre:Rock & Roll
    Rank:510 history »
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    5.0/5 from 4 users
    Albums:137
    Songs:367

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1
    2,841 4.7/5
    Mama lyrics
    2
    5,510 3.1/5
    Cruising Down the River lyrics
    3
    6,322 4.2/5
    Solamente Una Vez (You Belong to My Heart) lyrics
    4
    6,672 3.7/5
    Beautiful Brown Eyes lyrics
    5
    6,777 2.0/5
    Pretty Little Baby lyrics
    6No Letter Today lyrics
    7Are You Lonesome Tonight? lyrics
    8
    1.0/5
    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me lyrics
    9Der Mond War Schuld Daran lyrics
    10Kiss N' Twist lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1
    2,429
    40 Memorable Recordings [Gold Stars] [2005]
    2
    2,448
    Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites [MGM] [1959]
    3
    3,116
    Connie Francis Sings Rock 'n' Roll Million Sellers [1959]
    4
    3,335
    Among My Souvenirs [1996]
    5
    3,370
    Connie Francis Sings Spanish and Latin American Fa [1960]
    6
    3,473
    Best of Connie Francis [Polygram Special Markets] [1998]
    7
    8,580
    Hawaii: Connie [1968]
    8
    9,135
    Sings Never on Sunday and Other Title Songs from M [1961]
    9
    9,640
    Connie's Greatest Hits [Polydor] [1959]
    10Who's Sorry Now? [MGM] [1958]

    Biography

    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, Connie Francis
    was unique as a female recording artist, amassing record sales equal to
    and surpassing those of many of her post-rock era 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 comes 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
    pre-med 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 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 its 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 world wide, with 35 U.S. Top 40 hits, and
    three 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. 1963's "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 has 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 night spots around the world.
    She also has a long history as 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."

    1957's "Who's Sorry Now" was going to be her final session for MGM. She
    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 she was staying in. 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
    a manic depressive. She finally made her return to the stage and recording
    in 1989 and Connie Francis continues to sing to sold-out audiences. She
    has recorded more than 70 LPs.

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