[3], The single seemed to go unnoticed like all previous releases, just as Francis had predicted, but on January 1, 1958, it debuted on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and on February 15 of that same year, Francis performed it on the first episode of The Saturday Night Beechnut Show, also hosted by Clark. Both the single and the album were Francis' last original releases on MGM Records; Polydor bought the label in 1976 and discontinued it in 1982. Al op jonge leeftijd viel haar muzikale talent op. In late December 2004, Francis headlined in Las Vegas for the first time since 1989. ", "Where The Boys Are" ja "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". In December 2009 the film project was dropped. Francis has been married four times. Connie Francis won television's Startime Talent Scouts at age 12 and signed with MGM Records. Connie Francis, who turns 80 on December 12, once released an album of Jewish songs and said she was "one-tenth Jewish on my manager's side." Francis' strict Italian father would separate the couple whenever possible. All three albums and the singles culled from them were released on United Artists Records. [21] During the years after the incident, Francis went into depression, taking as many as 50 Darvon pills a day and rarely leaving her home in Essex Fells, New Jersey. Connie Francis stamt uit een Italiaans immigrantengeslacht. It went on to reach number 14 on the Billboard chart and was her second number 1 in the UK. Real Name: Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero. I wanted the writer Robert Freeman who wrote that miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, which won I don't know how many Emmy Awards, but Gloria and company were unwilling to hire that writer. She performed "Who's Sorry Now" on American Bandstand, and it became an immediate hit. The Spanish and German recordings became albums of their own in as Connie Francis en Español in Spain and as Was ich bin (What I Am) in Germany. Several songs from the Who's Happy Now? Many songs from that time, such as Francis' versions of classics such as "Speak Softly, Love" and "Break It to Me Gently", and original songs such as "Blue Orleans", are still awaiting official release. Francis' enduring popularity overseas led to her having television specials in numerous countries around the world, such as Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy. was named one of the, A "Connie Francis Court" street sign is displayed at the corner of Greylock Parkway and Forest Street in, Connie Francis Sings "Second Hand Love" And Other Hits, The Very Best Of Connie Francis (Connie's 15 Biggest Hits! From 1970 until 1973, Francis lived in semiretirement, appearing only occasionally as a special guest on TV shows. Francis' popularity outside of the US helped to maintain her career, even when her hits were struggling in her home country. Connie Francis (s.12. [41] This suit was also dismissed. Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero (December 12, 1937), better known as [10] Eventually, the single sold over one million copies.[7]. [5][6], During this time, Francis continued to perform at neighborhood festivities and talent shows (some of which were broadcast on television), appearing alternately as Concetta Franconero and Connie Franconero. Francis was not fluent in all of these languages and she had to learn her foreign language songs phonetically. [3] The song peaked at number 1 in Germany for two weeks, as it did in many other countries, and Francis had six more number 1 hits on the German charts. In 1959, she gained two gold records for a double-sided hit: on the A-side, "Lipstick on Your Collar" (number 5), and on the B-side, "Frankie" (number 9). [27] A single, entitled "Jive, Connie", ended up among the top-ten best-selling singles of the year, which brought Connie Francis the prestigious R.SH-Gold award for the "Best Comeback of the Year" from R.SH (short for "Radio Schleswig-Holstein"), back then one of Germany's most important private radio stations. Following this success, Francis recorded seven more albums of "favorites" between 1960 and 1964, including Jewish, German, and Irish, among others. the Estefans]. Even at the height of the Cold War, Francis' music was well received in Iron Curtain countries, and some of her recordings were made available on state-owned record labels such as Melodiya in the former Soviet Union and on Jugoton in former Yugoslavia,[14] although it was common knowledge that rock 'n' roll was highly looked down upon in Eastern bloc countries. [3], Despite these failures, Francis was hired to record the vocals for Tuesday Weld's "singing" scenes in the 1956 movie Rock, Rock, Rock, and for Freda Holloway in the 1957 Warner Brothers rock and roll movie Jamboree. [15][16] Francis recalls this story frequently during the introduction to "God Bless America" at her live concerts. Al snel leerde zij accordeon spelen en kon daardoor een plaats krijgen in de Amerikaanse televisieserie Startime. The movie also introduced the concept of spring break, as the once sleepy town of Fort Lauderdale became the hotspot for college students on their spring vacation in the wake of the movie's success. While appearing at the Westbury Music Fair in New York, on November 8, 1974, Francis was raped at the Jericho Turnpike Howard Johnson's Lodge in Jericho, New York, and nearly suffocated under the weight of a heavy mattress the culprit had thrown upon her. published in 1984, Francis recalls that she was encouraged by her father to appear regularly at talent contests, pageants, and other neighborhood festivities from the age of four as a singer and accordion player. [3], Growing up in an Italian-Jewish neighborhood, Francis became fluent in Yiddish, which led her later to record songs in Yiddish and Hebrew.[3][4]. Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero (December 12, 1937),[2] better known as Connie Francis, is an American pop singer, former actress, and top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. [43], 1937–1955: Early life and first appearances, 1955–1957: Recording contract and a series of commercial failures, Clayton W. 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Haar vader stimuleerde haar om te proberen een carrière in de showbusiness te maken. She went through three more operations to regain her singing voice and was unable to sing for four years.[12][15]. And I'm sorry I wasted ten years with those people [i.e. She was the top charting female US artist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In May that same year,[8] George Franconero Sr. and Francis' manager George Scheck raised money for a recording session of four songs which they hoped to sell to a major record company under Francis' own name. "Mama," the single taken from the album, reached number 8 in the United States and number 2 in the United Kingdom.[13]. For Malaco Records, Francis recorded a double album entitled Where the Hits Are, containing re-recordings of 18 of her biggest hits, as well as six classics of yesteryear Francis had always wanted to record such as "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" [11], Francis, who did not like the song and had been arguing about it with her father heatedly, delayed the recording of the two other songs during the session so much, that in her opinion, no time was left on the continuously running recording tape. Francis was born to an Italian-American family in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, the first child of George and Ida (née Ferrari-di Vito) Franconero, spending her first years in the Crown Heights, Brooklyn area (Utica Avenue/St. (2017). I absolutely adored his screenplay of Judy’s life ... he was so eager to do my life story for film, but she [Gloria] wouldn't agree to hire him and that was the end of that. After a few hours, Francis began writing in her diary while the songwriters played the last of their ballads. When he finished, Francis announced that he had just played her new hit song. It was not until her number 7 on the US charts, "Many Tears Ago", later in 1960 when Francis began to record cover versions of her own songs in foreign languages besides German. [28] A subsequent compilation album of her biggest German hits in their original versions was also released successfully. [7] Titled Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites, the album was released in November 1959. [38] Francis married TV producer Bob Parkinson in 1985, divorcing later that year.[38]. This answer song to "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando & Dawn bubbled under the charts. Troyan, Michael; Thompson, Jeffrey Paul; Sylvester, Stephen X. Francis brought a suit alleging that Universal Music Group (UMG) took advantage of her condition and stopped paying royalties. 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The leading recording on this album was a disco version of "Where the Boys Are". Although she appeared in three further motion pictures, Francis was never satisfied with herself as an actress, and after appearing in a made-for-television movie in 1966, she declined further offers. Though success had finally seemed to come with "The Majesty of Love", Francis was informed by MGM Records that her contract would not be renewed after her last solo single. [42], Francis also sued the producers of Jawbreaker for using her song "Lollipop Lips," which is heard during a sex scene. Although this album continues to be re-released under various names on countless low-budget labels, With Love To Buddy remains Francis' last original release as of October 2011. 1982 - Connie Francis & Johnny Tillotson - The Very Best Of - 20 Greatest Hits. In the wake of this, Francis recorded two duets for the German Herzklang label (a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment) with Peter Kraus, with whom she had already worked several times in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Francis considered a career in medicine and was about to accept a four-year scholarship offered at New York University. [12] Her father insisted, though, and when the recording "Who's Sorry Now?" was finished, only a few seconds were left on the tape. Nevertheless, Francis continued to record singles aimed at the youth-oriented market. Marks Avenue) before the family moved to New Jersey. By mid-year, over a million copies had been sold, and Francis was suddenly launched into worldwide stardom. Due to changing trends in the early and mid-1960s, namely the British Invasion, Francis' chart success on Billboard's Hot 100 began to wane after 1963. She recorded the song also in Japanese, Italian, and Spanish, as she had done before with her original 1960 version. In 1995, Francis recorded The Return Concert, a live album which was released on Legacy Recordings. When her father learned that Darin had suggested the two elope after one of her shows, he ran Darin out of the building at gunpoint, telling him never to see his daughter again. [22], In 1977, Francis underwent nasal surgery and completely lost her voice. [36][37] In 1973, Francis married for the third time – her only marriage to last more than a few months – to Joseph Garzilli, a restaurateur and travel-agency owner; they divorced in 1977. Early in her career, Francis was introduced to Bobby Darin, then an up-and-coming singer and songwriter. Greenfield urged Sedaka to sing a song they had written that morning with the Shepherd Sisters in mind. Over the following years, she eventually expanded her recording portfolio up to 15 languages. sessions were subsequently recorded in Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and German. [39], In the same article, Francis said that Dolly Parton had been contacting her for years trying to produce her life story, but due to her previous commitment to Estefan's organization, she was not able to accept Parton's offer. [3], During the rehearsals for her appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, Francis was advised by Godfrey to change her stage name to Connie Francis for the sake of easier pronunciation. In 1964, she was briefly married to Dick Kanellis, a press agent and entertainment director for the Aladdin Hotel. In 1973, Francis returned to the recording studio, cutting "(Should I) Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree? The German version is the only one recorded by herself, although other artists recorded further cover versions in various languages such as Portuguese, Swedish and Finnish. [7], In 1955, Startime Kids went off the air. On July 3 that same year, she played a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II at the Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. Singer Connie Francis, known for hit tracks such as Where the Boys Are and Stupid Cupid, is celebrating her 80th birthday by releasing a new book, revealing intimate details of her life. However, even though her 1982 recording, "There's Still a Few Good Love Songs Left in Me", brought Francis her last entry into the country charts, several songs never made further than being recorded. While her singles were mostly kept in the then-current sounds of the day such as rock 'n' roll, novelty songs, the twist, torch ballads, or the girl group sound created by Brill Building alumni Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Francis' albums represented her in a variety of styles, ranging from R&B, vocal jazz, and country to Broadway standards, children's music, waltzes, spiritual music, schlager music, traditionals from various ethnic groups represented in the US, and select songs from popular songwriters of the day, such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David, or Les Reed. [8][18][19] Another 1971 single, "I Don't Want to Walk Without You", b/w "Don't Turn Around", on Ivanhoe Records, failed to chart. Elle fait sa première apparition télévisée à dix ans et à partir de l'âge de onze ans, participe à l'émission de variétés Startime pendant plusieurs années. The success of "Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites" in late 1959/early 1960 led Francis to become one of the first American artists to record in other languages regularly. Francis attended Newark Arts High School in 1951 and 1952. The lawsuit was dismissed. Veteran lyricist Ralph Maria Siegel penned a set of German lyrics, named "Die Liebe ist ein seltsames Spiel", which, after some friction between Francis and her MGM executives, was recorded and released. She and her family moved to Belleville, New Jersey, where Francis graduated as salutatorian from Belleville High School Class of 1955. In the wake of "Die Liebe ist ein seltsames Spiel", Francis enjoyed her greatest successes outside the United States. Eder, Shirley. In late 1969, Francis' contract with MGM Records ran out and she decided not to commit herself any further to her longtime record company, weary from almost 15 years of uninterrupted recording, live appearances, television and motion picture work, and travelling. To this day, it is still Francis' most successful album. These albums marked Francis' transition from the youth-oriented rock 'n' roll music to adult contemporary music, which George Franconero, Sr. had realized to be necessary if his daughter wanted to pursue a successful longterm career in music. In 1965, Connie Francis participated in that year's edition of the annual San Remo Festival, where her team partner Gigliola Cinquetti and she presented "Ho bisogno di vederti", which finished on number 5 of the final ranking. Estefan announced that she would produce and play the lead. She noted in the article that both she and Parton had considered, independently of each other, actress Valerie Bertinelli to play Francis.[39]. [15] In March and October 2007, Francis performed to sold-out crowds at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. In her autobiography, Francis mentioned that in the early years of her career, the language barrier in certain European countries made it difficult for her songs to get airplay, especially in Germany. A number of Francis' singles continued to reach the top 40 in the US Hot 100 through the mid-1960s, with her last top-40 entry in 1964 being her cover version of "Be Anything (but Be Mine)", a 1952 song made famous by singer/bandleader Eddy Howard. Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero (born December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey), with Italian origins known professionally as Connie Francis, is an American pop singer best known for several international hit songs including "Who's Sorry Now?," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "Where the Boys Are" and "Stupid Cupid." Francis used these reflections as the basis for her April 1960 recording, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool." since MGM Records had renewed her contract. written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. 1, Connie Francis Sings Rock N' Roll Million Sellers, Sings Never On Sunday And Other Title Songs From Motion Pictures, Artists performing under a pseudonym, stage name or nickname (a name other than their real or birth name), AMAZING MUSIC & OLD STUFF NEWLY DISCOVERED. In 1981, further tragedy struck Francis when her brother, George Franconero, Jr., with whom she was very close, was murdered by Mafia hitmen. However, her minor chart success came too late for her record label – Francis' recording contract consisted of ten solo singles and one duet single. According to Francis: They chose to use amateur writers to write the screenplay. The project of recording a German version, though, remained unfinished. Despite some disagreement about material, after several weeks Darin and Francis developed a romantic relationship. See more ideas about connie francis, american bandstand, oldies music. Finally, even when MGM Records decided to sign a contract with her, it was basically because one track she had recorded, "Freddy", happened to be the name of the son of a company co-executive, Harry A. Meyerson, who thought of this song as a nice birthday gift. mijas ===== 1986 The Very Best Of. 319. Her father made a negative comment about Darin finally being out of their lives. She was to be followed by other major British and American recording stars including Wanda Jackson, Cliff Richard, Petula Clark, Brenda Lee, the Supremes, Peggy March, Pat Boone, Lesley Gore, the Beatles and Johnny Cash, among many others. In 1996, With Love To Buddy, a tribute album of songs made famous by the late Buddy Holly, was released. Francis began performing regularly again. [3][23], Despite that, she took up live performing again, even gracing the American Bandstand 30th Anniversary Special Episode, and appearing in the town where she had been raped. joulukuuta 1938 Newark, New Jersey) on yhdysvaltalainen poplaulaja.Hänet tunnetaan muun muassa hänen kansainvälisistä hiteistään "Who's Sorry Now? In her autobiography Who's Sorry Now? On November 27, 2002, she filed a second suit against UMG alleging the label had inflicted severe emotional distress on her and violated her moral rights when, without her permission, it synchronized several of her songs into "sexually themed" movies: the 1994 film Post Cards from America, the 1996 film The Craft, and the 1999 film Jawbreaker.

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