Saturday, August 21, 2010

Do You Remember Connie Francis?

Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) was born in New Jersey in 1938.
She had attended Newark Arts High School for awhile before her family moved to another town. After high school, she continued to perform at various functions.
Her first record "Freddy" was recorded in 1955 and was a flop.
She met Bobby Darin and his manager, who took her under their wing and helped promote her. Connie and Bobby had a romantic relationship until her father ran Bobby away at gunpoint.
In 1958, she recorded "Who's Sorry Now" and appeared on "American Bandstand". She became one of the biggest selling female singers of the time.
She also appeared in several movies but never really made it as an actress.
In later years, Connie had financial and business problems leading to several lawsuits.
Today she still sings all over the world to the delight of her fans.
Some of Connie's other songs were "Lipstick On Your Collar", "Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart",  "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You", "Stupid Cupid" and my favorite "Where The Boys Are".



4 comments:

  1. Hi Kay, YES---I definitely remember Connie Francis... I didn't know that her father ran Bobby Darin off with a shotgun... How funny!!!!

    Love some of her songs ---even today!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Kay, Connie is still one of the biggest selling female artists of all time and s till extremely successful on the concert tour. Sell outs all over the world. she has just been honored in Fla. with a weekend celebration and a street corner named after her due to Where The Boys Are, She had her high school auditorium named after her and a street named after her in her home town. She was honored in Canada with a star on the italian Walk of Fame and she is to perform on Jerry's telethon this september. She has recentlly toured the Far East and has just had an extremely successful show in Vegas. She is a legend and show biz royalty. Sal e mail Shrinksjp@aol.com.

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  3. Thanks for the additional information Sal. Appreciate it.

    Kay

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  4. Hans Künzel, Nijmegen, The NetherlandsAugust 22, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Connie Francis is a lovely, gracious lady and a fantastic artist with fans all over the world. I am from The Netherlands and a Connie-fan for more than 50 years. My dream came true in 2008 when I saw Connie performing for the first time at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NYC. I met her in person during rehearsals and after the show. Then this year in April I went to Florida and saw and met her again in Coral Springs. Like I said, she is and always will be a great star, still going strong after all she had to go through in her private life. Go, Concetta, go!!!

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Kay