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Connie Francis may be the prototype for the feminine pop singer of today. On the elevation of her graph reputation in the past due ’50s and early ’60s, Francis was exclusive as a lady documenting musician, amassing record product sales add up to or surpassing those of several of her man contemporaries. Eventually, she branched into various other varieties of music — big music group, country, ethnic, and much more. She still issues Madonna because the biggest-selling feminine documenting artist ever. Like Madonna, Concetta Rosemarie Franconero originated from an Italian-American history. Francis began her music profession at three, playing an accordion bought on her behalf by her service provider dad, George. Her father’s desire had not been for his child to become star, but also for Francis to be independent of males as a grown-up with her personal accordion college of music. At age group ten, she was approved on Startime, a fresh York City tv program that presented talented child performers and performers. The display had nobody else who performed an accordion. Its sponsor, legendary TV skill scout Arthur Godfrey, experienced problems pronouncing her name and recommended something “easy and Irish,” which converted into Francis. After three weeks on Startime, the show’s maker and Francis’ would-be supervisor recommended her to dump the accordion and focus on performing. Francis performed every week on Startime for four years. After getting rejected by nearly every record label she contacted, 16-year-old Francis agreed upon a record agreement with MGM, just because among the songs on her behalf demonstration, “Freddy,” also been the name of the president’s kid. “Freddy” premiered in June 1955 because the singer’s first one. After a group of flop singles, on Oct 2, 1957 she undertook that which was to become her last program for MGM. Francis acquired recently recognized a premed scholarship or grant to NY School and was contemplating the finish of her profession as a vocalist. Having documented two music, she thanked the techs and musicians, expecting not to need to record the 3rd song her dad had at heart, an old melody from 1923. Following a fake begin, she sang it in a single consider. When Dick Clark performed “Who’s Sorry Today?” on American Bandstand, he informed the show’s eight million audiences that Connie Francis was “a fresh girl vocalist that is proceeding straight for the main place.” “Who’s Sorry Today?” was the to begin Francis’ lengthy string of world-wide strikes. By 1967, she acquired marketed 35 million world-wide, with 35 U.S. Best 40 hits and many number types (“Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” “My Center Has a Brain of ITS,” “Don’t Break the very center That Enjoys You,” and “Ridiculous Cupid”) to her credit. Released in 1963, “In the summertime of His Years,” created like a tribute towards the assassinated John F. Kennedy, continues to be among the earliest recognised charity information, with proceeds donated to dependents from the policemen shot through the event. Francis got an affinity for dialects and was among the 1st pop performers to record her tracks in other dialects; 1961’s title music from the film Where the Kids Are was documented in six dialects. She starred in four (non-descript) movies, sang voice-overs in films for stars who cannot sing, and was a visitor star on countless Television shows. Music critics who didn’t consider kindly to Francis’ pop music years had been eventually received over by her flexibility. Her Italian and Jewish albums changed Francis from a teenage idol to an adult performer at leading nightspots all over the world. She’s also had an extended history being truly a composer’s 1st choice to interpret tracks that continued to become main hits for additional performers, including “Someplace My Like,” “Strangers in the night time,” “Angel each day,” and “When Will the Apples Fall.” As the documenting of “Who’s Sorry Right now?” in 1957 was prepared to become her final program for MGM, she in fact ended that romantic relationship in 1969, selecting never to renew her agreement when MGM was bought out by Polydor. She opted rather for domestic lifestyle with her third hubby. Francis didn’t go back to the documenting studio room until 1973 once the authors of “Link a Yellow Ribbon,” longtime close friends, wrote “THE SOLUTION” specifically for Francis. In 1974, her hubby encouraged her to come back to the level, with disastrous implications. After her third functionality, she was raped on the resort where she was keeping. Ultimately, this occurrence contributed to the finish of her relationship. During 1975, nose surgery briefly robbed her of her tone of voice. She was over the return path in 1981 when her sibling, George, was brutally murdered. It got seven years to find out that through all those occasions, she was also identified as having bipolar disorder. She finally produced her go back to the stage and documenting in 1989, and Connie Francis offers continuing to sing to sold-out viewers into the fresh millennium. She’s recorded a lot more than 70 LPs.

Quick Facts


Full Name Connie Francis
Height 1.56 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Film Score Composer
Education Newark Arts High School, Belleville High School, New York University
Nationality American
Spouse Bob Parkinson, Joseph Garzilli, Izzy Marion, Dick Kanellis
Children Joseph Garzilli Jr.
Parents Ida Franconero, George Franconero, Sr.
Siblings George Franconero, Jr.
Awards Golden Globe Special Achievement Award, NME Award for World Female Singer, NME Award for Favourite US Female Singer
Music Songs Stupid Cupid, Lipstick on Your Collar, Where the Boys Are, My Happiness, Among My Souvenirs, Don't Break the Heart That Loves You, My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own, I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter, Breakin' In a Brand New Broken Heart, Al di là, Fallin', Schöner fremder Mann, Die Liebe ist ein seltsames Spiel, If I Didn't Care, In the Summer of His Years, Vacation, Malaguena, Carolina Moon, Someone Else's Boy, If My Pillow Could Talk, Barcarole In Der Nacht, Second Hand Love, Many Tears Ago, Wenn Du Gehst, I Will Wait for You, I'm Sorry I Made You Cry, The Wedding Cake, Blue Winter, Together, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Siboney, Mama
Albums Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites, Connie Francis Sings Jewish Favorites, Christmas in My Heart, Connie Francis Sings "Never on Sunday", Connie Francis Sings Spanish and Latin American Favorites, Connie Francis Sings Folk Song Favorites, Connie Francis Sings German Favorites, Connie Francis Sings Fun Songs for Children, Connie's Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Connie Francis, Connie Francis Sings Modern Italian Hits, My Thanks to You, Greatest American Waltzes, Connie Francis Sings Irish Favorites, Live At the Copa, Fun Songs For Children, Christmas Songs by Connie Francis, Greatest Hits Connie Francis, Connie Francis Sings Folk Favorites, Die Großen Schlager der 60'er Jahre Vol. 9, You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You, Pure Gold, Vol. 2, Connie Francis Sings Great Country Hits, Connie Francis Greatest Hits, Connie Francis: The One and Only Vol 3, That's Amore, Connie Francis at the Copa, Masterpieces Presents Connie Francis: Hits & Rarities, Vol. 2 (49 Tracks), Hava Nagila & Other Jewish Favourites, The Christmas Songs, The Millionaire, Love Songs, Vintage Music No. 157 - LP: Connie Francis, La Paloma, This Love Is True, The Collection, Connie Francis: The One and Only Vol 4, 60 Essentials of Connie Francis (Mono Version), Legends, Songs For You, Never On Sunday And Other Title Songs From Motion Pictures/The Exciting Connie Francis, Waltzing With Connie, The P to Z of Connie, Ciao Ciao Bambina, More Greatest Hits, The Best of Connie Francis, Rocksides (1957-64)
Nominations Echo Award for Best National Rock/Pop Female Artist
Movies The Wretches Are Still Singing, When the Boys Meet the Girls, Looking for Love, Follow the Boys, Where the Boys Are, Jamboree, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox, Hits from the '50s & '60s: Vol. 1
TV Shows The Big Beat


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#Fact
1 She was nominated for the 2016 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performance Arts category.
2 She was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
3 Close friend of Kaye Stevens and Neil Sedaka.
4 She and ex-husband Joseph Garzilli adopted a son, Joseph Garzilli Jr.(born 1974).
5 One of the guests shown on the episode of This Is Your Life (1952) spotlighting Connie was her fourth-grade teacher. Connie said that she always appreciated her support over the years, as the teacher she had the year previous told her that she'd never make it.
6 1961: Singer Allan Chase released a vinyl 45 record titled "I'm In Love With Miss Connie Francis", backed with the song "Lonely Heart". The song gushes over her, often using titles of her songs in the lyrics.
7 Stated that the two highlights of her career, thus far, were her performance of the song "Never on Sunday" at the 1961 Academy Awards Ceremony, and her performance for troops in Vietnam in 1968 in which she ended with the song "God Bless America" and the entire army of soldiers present stood and sang along, most of whom were in tears.
8 Singer Gloria Estefan has been very vocal since the mid-1990s that she is interested in playing Connie in a movie about her life.
9 She was originally supposed to be born in Brooklyn, where her family lived at the time. However, her mother was visiting relatives in Newark, NJ, and attended an all-night dance when she went into labor.
10 Was the editor of her high school yearbook.
11 Received a scholarship to New York University to study medicine after high school.
12 Was advertised in magazines to appear in an MGM movie titled "The Girl with a Definite Maybe" in 1965 but the film was never made.
13 Her first national appearance was on Talent Scouts (1948).
14 1958: She earned her first million dollars, topped polls for Favorite Female Singer and received 5,000 fan letters a week.
15 7/3/63: She played a Command Performance before Queen Elizabeth II at the Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
16 She was not allowed to attend her high school prom by her parents but was permitted to attend her school's weekly chaperoned "Beehive" dances.
17 1967" She was voted Best Female Singer in Las Vegas.
18 The news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination reached her on the set of her third MGM film, Looking for Love (1964). She recorded the single "In The Summer of His Years" in honor of the fallen president and packaged it in a conservative gold sleeve with no photos. All proceeds from the song were donated to the family of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippitt, who had been shot and killed by alleged Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
19 When she was first making demos, a New Jersey mobster approached her father and offered to place Connie's songs in every jukebox along the East Coast. Mr. Franconero protested, stating that if his daughter was going to make it he wanted to see her do it on her own.
20 When her first hit, "Who's Sorry Now", first aired on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), host Dick Clark stated, "There's no doubt about it. This girl's headed straight for the #1 spot.".
21 According to a broadcast on the A&E Biography channel, singer Elvis Presley attended one of her concerts and had to leave for emotional reasons once he heard her sing the song "Mama" as his mother had just recently died. The next day Elvis sent Connie two dozen yellow roses with a note apologizing for his abrupt exit.
22 She has appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") a total of 26 times.
23 She has been trying to promote a possible follow-up movie to her 1960s hit Where the Boys Are (1960) since the early 1980s titled "Where The Men Are".
24 She did not learn to drive until she was in her 20s.
25 Singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka was originally hesitant to offer her the song "Stupid Cupid", as he thought it was much too juvenile for her.
26 When she first appeared on the scene she was written up in several magazines as being the new Judy Garland.
27 When show host Perry Como wanted her to sing the Italian song "Mama" on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948), she was very hesitant as she didn't want to be labeled an ethnic singer. The performance gained such a positive response that she released several records in Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and a number of other languages.
28 She originally did not want to sing her first smash hit, "Who's Sorry Now", since it was originally written in the 1930s. Her father convinced her otherwise.
29 She previously dated singer Bobby Darin, who quickly ended the relationship once her father ran him off from one of her shows with a pistol.
30 As a child she was asked by her father if she would rather have piano or accordion lessons. Since her father was an accordion player and often played to her, she chose the accordion, a decision she said she has come to regret.
31 11/6/74: After an appearance at the Westbury Music Fair in New York, she was raped at knifepoint at the Howard Johnson Motel where she was staying. She subsequently sued the hotel chain for failing to provide adequate security when she learned that a year after the rape occurred, the broken lock to her former room had never been repaired. She was awarded a reported $3 million.
32 Dubbed Jayne Mansfield's singing in The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brooklyn Banker 2016 performer: "Chitarra Romana"
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Call the Midwife 2014-2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gotham 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Starved 2014 Short performer: "Where the Boys Are"
From the Future with Love 2013 Short performer: "I Will Wait for You"
Moeder, ik wil bij de revue 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Midnight's Children 2012 performer: "Who's Sorry Now"
Jess + Moss 2011 performer: "Tammy"
You Again 2010 performer: "Who's Sorry Now" 1923
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie performer: "Mama" - uncredited
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Banished 2007 performer: "WHERE THE BOYS ARE"
11er Haus 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 performer: "Scapricciatiello Do You Love Me Like You Kiss Me"
The Island 2005 performer: "Siboney"
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wire 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
2046 2004 performer: "Siboney"
Evil 2003 performer: "Stupid Cupid"
Mambo Italiano 2003 performer: "Mama"
Futurama 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 1999 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Jawbreaker 1999 performer: "Lollipop Lips"
Lewis & Clark & George 1997 performer: "Where The Boys Are"
Tohuwabohu 1992-1997 TV Series performer - 7 episodes
The Craft 1996 performer: "Fallin'"
Takin' Over the Asylum 1994 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Postcards from America 1994 performer: "Among My Souvenirs", "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You"
Brat Pack 1994 performer: "Follow The Boys"
Household Saints 1993 performer: "Who's Sorry Now"
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993 TV Mini-Series performer: "Lipstick On Your Collar"
My Cousin Vinny 1992 performer: "Second Hand Love"
Roger & Me 1989 Documentary performer: "Lucky, Lucky Me"
Designing Women 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
In a Year with 13 Moons 1978 performer: "Schöner fremder Mann"
Animal House 1978 performer: "Who's Sorry Now"
Es funkeln die Sterne - Eine musikalische Silvesterreise um die Welt 1966 TV Movie performer: "Lullaby of Broadway" - uncredited
Melissa 1966 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Flight of the Phoenix 1965 performer: "The Phoenix Love Theme "Senza Fine"
When the Boys Meet the Girls 1965 performer: "But Not For Me", "I Got Rhythm", "Mail Call", "When The Boys Meet The Girls"
Biblioteca di Studio Uno 1964 TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes
The Jack Benny Program 1963-1964 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Follow the Boys 1963 performer: "Italian Lullabye", "Follow the Boys", "Waiting for Billy", "Tonight's My Night", "Sleepyland", "Intrigue" / writer: "Italian Lullabye"
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special performer: "Never on Sunday"
Where the Boys Are 1960 performer: "Where the Boys Are", "Turn On the Sunshine"
The Dick Clark Show 1958-1959 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 1958 performer: "In the Valley of Love", "If the San Francisco Hills Could Only Talk", "Strolling Down the Lane with Bill" - uncredited
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 performer: "I Never Had A Sweetheart", "Little Blue Wren"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1948 TV Series performer: "Mama"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Schlager International 1967 TV Movie
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series Sister Mary Clare
When the Boys Meet the Girls 1965 Ginger Gray
Looking for Love 1964 Libby Caruso
Follow the Boys 1963 Bonnie Pulaski
Where the Boys Are 1960 Angie
The United States Steel Hour 1959 TV Series
Jamboree! 1957 Connie Francis
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 Dori's Songs (singing voice)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laverne & Shirley 1976-1977 TV Series musician - 3 episodes
Biblioteca di Studio Uno 1964 TV Mini-Series playback singer - 1 episode
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 1958 singer: title music
Jamboree! 1957 singing voice: Freda Holloway
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 singing voice: Tuesday Weld

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laverne & Shirley 1977 TV Series contributor - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Neil Sedaka: King of Song 2014 TV Movie Herself
Homeward Bound Telethon 2013 TV Movie Herself
Hava Nagila: The Movie 2012 Documentary Herself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Herself
Legends 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
The Wages of Spin 2008 Documentary Herself
Showbiz Tonight 2006 TV Series Herself
The Original Amateur Hour 2005 Video documentary Herself
Feste der Volksmusik 2004 TV Series Herself
American Soundtrack: Red, White & Rock 2002 TV Special documentary Herself
Larry King Live 2002 TV Series Herself
Neil Sedaka: The Show Must Go On 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Songmakers Collection 2001 Video Herself
Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
The Connie Francis Scrapbook 1992 Video short Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Herself
Connie Francis: A Legend in Concert 1989 TV Movie Herself
Today 1989 TV Series Herself
Win, Lose or Draw 1989 TV Series Herself
Hour Magazine 1981-1985 TV Series Herself
On Stage America 1984 TV Series Herself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special 1981 TV Movie Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1958-1980 TV Series Herself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1970-1973 TV Series Herself / Herself - Vocalist
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1971 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself / Herself - Singer
The Hollywood Squares 1970-1971 TV Series Guest Appearance
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1970 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Herself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show 1967 TV Series Herself
Es funkeln die Sterne - Eine musikalische Silvesterreise um die Welt 1966 TV Movie
Melodien, die die Welt eroberten 1966 TV Movie Herself - Musician
Soeben eingetroffen 1966 TV Series Herself - Musician
The Andy Williams Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Steve Lawrence Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1965 TV Series Herself
Five O'Clock Club 1965 TV Series Herself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Herself
The Jack Benny Program 1963-1964 TV Series Herself / Em Skinner / Mrs. Stephen Foster
I've Got a Secret 1964 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Guest
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1964 TV Series Herself - Singer
Celebrity Party 1963 TV Movie Herself
The Lawrence Welk Show 1963 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1963 TV Series Herself
Password All-Stars 1962 TV Series Herself
At This Very Moment 1962 TV Special Herself
The New Steve Allen Show 1961 TV Series Herself - Guest
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1959-1961 TV Series Herself / Herself - Top of the Bill
What's My Line? 1961 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
Person to Person 1961 TV Series documentary Herself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Performer
Big Night Out 1961 TV Series Herself - Performer
This Is Your Life 1959-1961 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1958-1960 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1960 TV Series Herself
Spectacular 1958-1960 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself
Parade 1960 TV Series Herself
The Dick Clark Show 1958-1960 TV Series Herself / Themselves
The Revlon Revue 1960 TV Series Herself
Herzlichst Ihr Peter Kraus 1960 TV Series Herself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Herself
The Jimmie Rodgers Show 1959 TV Series Herself
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1958 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Herself
Stage Show 1955 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
Battle of the Ages 1952 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Yearbook 1960-1963 2015 TV Movie Herself
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie Herself
A Classic Christmas from the Ed Sullivan Show 2005 Video Herself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Herself
Pop 2000: 50 Jahre Popmusik und Jugendkultur in Deutschland 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
American Bandstand's Teen Idol 1994 TV Special Herself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Herself
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars 1987 Video short Herself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Herself
Soeben eingetroffen 1967 TV Series Herself - Musician

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964 Special Award Golden Globes, USA For international contribution to the recording world.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Musical Performance, Female When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Musical Performance, Female Looking for Love (1964)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Musical Performance Follow the Boys (1963)
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female New Personality 4th place.


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#Quote
1 [on her hit singles] They were the least-artistic endeavor of my career. They were bubblegum songs. They were teenybopper songs. But I enjoy seeing the reaction of people when I do them. [The Arizona Republic, Feb. 9, 2006]
2 On truth: Don't confuse me with the facts!
3 [regarding Dick Clark playing "Who's Sorry Now" on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952)] He continued playing it until it sold a million. Without Dick Clark I wouldn't have stayed in show business. I was ready to go back to school to study medicine.
4 [on Elvis Presley's inner-circle crew] Well, they were yes men. They overlooked his excesses and the chemicals he was taking. For a Cadillac, they would say the right thing. I said, "God forbid that day comes that you die, Elvis. Red West is gonna write a bad book about you," and I was absolutely right.
5 [on her late brother George] He had the greatest sense of humor in the world. When he heard that I was getting married for the third time, he said, "Let me ask you a question", he said. "Don't you think it would be a good idea if you bought a drip-dry wedding dress?" I said, "Don't get cute, Georgie". Then he said, "Is Anita going to be my best friend? Is Anita going to be your Matron of Honor again?" I said, "Yes". He said, "It is a nice thing you keep doing for Anita. Everybody needs a steady job."
6 In an interview published in the September 1991 issue of DISCoveries Magazine, Connie tells Jerry Osborne: One day in 1960 I was going through my collection of Al Jolson and Judy Garland records, and I played Al's "Are You Lonesome Tonight". I said, "Daddy, come listen to this. I could make it a No. 1 song". He agreed and I called Don Costa in to do the arrangement. I said, "I'm more excited about recording this song than anything I've ever cut." We were in the car on our way to New York when the radio played [Elvis Presley's] "new" single, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". Can you believe that? I was literally on my way to the studio to record it. How do you like that? Elvis even did the recitation part just like Al Jolson did.
7 [regarding her version of "God Bless America"] In an interview published in the September 1991 issue of DISCoveries Magazine, Connie tells 'Jerry Osborne': Irving Berlin had a fit when he found out I was doing it. He called my manager and said, "If that teenybopper louses up my beautiful 'God Bless America' the way she did poor Harry Ruby's 'Who's Sorry Now', I'm going to have a stroke". My manager said, "Please, Irving, relax. You'll be the first to hear it." "I just don't want it loused up with any of that 'Stupid Cupid' crap!", said Irving. Then when the record came out, my manager sent it directly to him and he said, "She did it just the way I thought she'd do it. It stinks! It's worse than that." I can't even tell you what he said. So, when it made the Top 10 in Variety, Irving called my manager and says, "George, do you think she can do 'God Bless America' on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948).
8 Overseas, especially in England, I was an adult star before I was an adult star in America. But here, they didn't take me seriously until that night on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948). I remember it was a Wednesday night, and I had a concert at Carnegie Hall the following Sunday and only 200 seats had been sold. Within 24 hours after doing "The Perry Como Show" they were scalping tickets to get into my show at Carnegie Hall.
9 [on her MGM record contract] I never paid for anything. There was never any recoupment for all the sessions I did. Not one penny. I had four people I hired to work for me on letters and on foreign releases. They paid for every photograph and I kept the photos. Travel, everything, was paid for. Even if it wasn't on MGM business, it was paid for. Gowns-bills were sent to MGM because I needed them for album covers. I bought them, and wore them. I could record where I wanted, however many songs I wanted, in whatever country, in whatever language, with whatever arranger, and then the bottom line was, if I didn't like any of it, I didn't have to release it. I didn't abuse it. I tried to release even the garbage so that I wouldn't just be recording and not releasing stuff.
10 [speaking about Hollywood trying to get her thin] I didn't know anything about speed or diet pills, but they gave me these little red pills, like Benzedrine, that you can only buy in Mexico now.


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