1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Lipstick on Your Collar 1959
Connie Francis also had hits with Who’s Sorry Now and My Happiness in 1958 and Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool in 1960.
Recording career with hits on the charts:1957-1969 Record Label: MGM Records
When she was just three years old, this Italian American girl, born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero in Newark, New Jersey, started playing the accordion and at age ten she was accepted on the TV series ‘StarTime.’ After three weeks, she was advised to concentrate on singing. Just as she was about to accept a pre-med scholarship to New York University, her 1957 recording of Who’s Sorry Now began a string of top-forty hits. She had ten consecutive million-selling records and by 1967 became the biggest-selling recording artist. With an affinity for languages, Connie Francis became one of the first pop singers to release her songs in other languages. She recorded the title song from her 1961 movie ‘Where the Boys Are’ in six languages. Her Italian and Jewish albums transformed Francis from a teenage idol to a mature performer. In the seventies, during a stage performance, she was raped at her hotel and sidelined for several years, but returned to performing in 1989.