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This is an ORIGINAL Agency Photograph measuring approx 5" x 7" of legendary singer,

CONNIE FRANCIS

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MORE INFO ON CONNIE FRANCIS: Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero (born December 12, 1938), 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." She topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on three occasions with "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" and "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You." She was the top-charting female artist of the 1950s and 1960s.

Francis was born in the Italian Down Neck, or Ironbound, neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. She attended Newark Arts High School in 1951 and 1952 there. She and her family moved to Belleville, NJ where she graduated "Salutatorian" from the Belleville High School Class of 1955 After an appearance on Ford Startime, Francis was advised to change her name from Franconero to something more easily pronounceable and to quit the accordion that was part of her act.

Francis' first single, "Freddy," (1955) met with little success. Her next nine singles were also failures. During this time she was introduced to Bobby Darin, who was then an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Darin's manager arranged for him to help write several songs for Connie. Initially the two could not agree on the selection of material, but after several weeks Bobby and Connie developed a romantic interest. Unfortunately, Connie had a very strict Italian father who would separate the couple whenever possible. When Connie's father learned that Bobby had suggested the two lovers elope after one of Connie's shows, he ran Darin out of the building while waving a gun, telling Bobby to never see his daughter again. Bobby saw Connie only two more times after this, once when the two were scheduled to sing together for a television show and again later when Connie was spotlighted on the TV series This Is Your Life. By the time of the taping Bobby Darin had just married actress Sandra Dee, for which the show's

host congratulated Darin. According to her autobiography Connie first heard of Darin's marriage to Dee while she and her father were listening to the radio announcement while driving through the Lincoln Tunnel. Connie's father made a negative comment about Bobby finally being out of their lives. Angered, Connie wrote that at that moment she hoped the Hudson River had filled the Lincoln Tunnel, killing both herself and her father. Francis would later write that not marrying Darin was the biggest mistake of her life. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

After the failure of her first few demos, she considered a career in medicine. MGM was about to drop her due to poor sales. At what was to have been her final recording session for MGM she recorded a cover version of the 1923 song "Who's Sorry Now?" which had been written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Francis has said that she recorded the song at the suggestion of her father who convinced her it stood a chance of becoming a hit because it was a song adults already knew and that teenagers would dance to with a contemporary arrangement.

The gamble paid off. On January 1, 1958, the song debuted on Dick Clark's American Bandstand television show, and by mid-year over a million copies were sold. She was suddenly launched into worldwide stardom. In April 1958, "Who's Sorry Now" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number four in the USA This was followed by many other hits over the next decade, as Connie Francis became one of the most popular vocalists in the worl

As Francis explains at each of her concerts, she began searching for a new hit immediately after the success of "Who's Sorry Now?". She was introduced to Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, who sang for her every ballad they had written. After a few hours, Francis began writing in her diary while the songwriters played the last of their ballads. Afterwards, Francis told them that she considered their ballads too intellectual for the young generation of the time. Greenfield suggested that Sedaka sing a song they had written that morning for another girl group. Sedaka protested, believing that Francis would be insulted, but Greenfield said that since she hated all the other songs they had performed, they had nothing to lose. Thus, Sedaka reluctantly agreed to play "Stupid Cupid." When he finished, a startled Francis announced that he had just played her new hit record. The song reached #14 on he Billboard charts. Incidentally, while Francis was writing in her diary, Sedaka asked her if he could read what she had written. She refused, but Sedaka was inspired to write The Diary, his first hit single. Through the rest of her early career Sedaka and Greenfield wrote many of Connie Francis's hits including "Fallin" (#30) and "Where the Boys Are" (#4).

In 1960, Connie Francis became the youngest headliner to sing in Las Vegas, (where she would play 28 days a year for nine years). That same year she also became the first female singer to have two consecutive number 1 singles: "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own". In 1961, she starred in her own television special on ABC television sponsored by Brylcreem titled Kicking Sound Around, singing and acting alongside Tab Hunter, Eddie Foy Jr. and Art Carney. She appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on July 1, 1962 with the French singing star Johnny Hallyday in a show taped at the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris, France. Her autobiography, For Every Young Heart, was released the same year. On July 3, 1963 she played a Command performance before Queen Elizabeth II at the Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. By 1967, Francis had 35 U.S. Top 40 hits, three of which were number ones. During the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, Connie Francis performed for U.S. troops.

Francis recorded several albums of country music standards during her pop career. In 1969, she had a modest country hit with, "The Wedding Cake." She appeared on the country charts again in 1982 with "There's Still a Few Good Love Songs Left in Me." Several country singers found chart success remaking Francis' pop hits for the country market, including Marie Osmond ("Who's Sorry Now?" in 1975), Susan Raye ("My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" in 1972), Margo Smith ("Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" in 1978), and Debby Boone.

Connie Francis returned to the spotlight in 1973 with "The Answer", a song written just for her, and soon began performing again. However, on November 8, 1974 Francis was raped in the Jericho Turnpike Howard Johnson's Lodge following a performance at the Westbury Music Fair in New York. After returning to the room some time after the attack she discovered the broken lock and torn screen had not been repaired by facility management. She subsequently sued the motel chain for failing to provide adequate security. She reportedly won a $3 million judgment, at the time one of the largest such judgments in history. She did not perform again for seven years afterwards. Her rapist was never found.

In 1978, she attempted a comeback by appearing with her friend Dick Clark on his ABC-TV variety show Dick Clark's Live Wednesday. Unknown to the audience, the still-fragile Francis lip-synched to a pre-recorded disco medley of her hit Where the Boys Are.

She released her autobiography, Who's Sorry Now? in 1984.

She resumed her performing career in 1989. Her most recent CD The American Tour (2004) contains performances from recent shows. In late December 2004, Francis headlined in Las Vegas for the first time since 1989.

In March and October 2007, Francis performed to sold-out crowds at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. She appeared in concert in Manila, the Philippines, on Valentine's Day 2008.

Connie Francis specialized in downbeat ballads (often remakes of old standards) delivered in her trademark "sobbing", emotive style, often embellished using variations in delivery from touching, soft, sweet, tones to soaring, powerful voice textures, with successful hits such as "Who's Sorry Now?" (#4), "My Happiness" (#2), "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry", "Second Hand Love" (#7), "Among My Souvenirs" (#7), "Together" (#6), "Breakin' In a Brand New Broken Heart" (#7), "Many Tears Ago" (#7), "Frankie" (#9), "When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Heart)" (#10), and the Italian song "Mama" (#8).

However, she also had success with a handful of more upbeat, rock-and-roll-oriented compositions, such as "Stupid Cupid", "Lipstick on Your Collar" (#5), "Robot Man" and "Vacation" (#9). Among her other notable performances were "In the Summer of His Years" (a tribute to slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy) and Bert Kaempfert's "Strangers in the Night" (although the latter song is more often identified with Frank Sinatra) Both "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" went to number one on the Billboard music charts in 1960. In 1962, Francis had another number one hit with "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You".

Francis recorded many of her hit songs in foreign languages, including "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and her signature song, "Where the Boys Are". She recorded in thirteen languages throughout her career: English, Greek, German, Swedish, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (and local language in Italy, Neapolitan), Hebrew, Yiddish, Japanese, Latin and Hawaiian. During a concert at the Golden Stag Festival in Bra?ov, Romania, in March 1970, Francis performed live in Romanian. Francis' biggest hit album in the U.S. was 1959's Italian Favorites; she followed it with several more albums of Italian language songs over the years, as well as collections of Spanish language and Jewish songs, among others.

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CONNIE FRANCIS Original RESUME' Photograph 5 x 7 PHOTO
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