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The haunting voice of Connie Francis

SOME 45 years on the voice is still haunting and strangely exciting.
For many it brings back happy memories of better times. Of high school hops, coffee bars and Wurlitzer juke boxes.
The voice is that of Connie Francis, a Fifties superstar and a pop music legend.
Constance Franconero was born in 1938 in New Jersey and was destined to be a singer from childhood.
The future first lady of pop music started off by playing an accordion and then, at 11 years-old, made her first professional appearance as a singer.
By 12 she was singing on local radio and catching the eye of recording studio executives. In her teens Constance, who had by now changed her name for professional reasons, signed for the MGM record label, making two discs initially both of which failed to have any impact.
It was, in fact, her father who came up with the song that was to make her a star. The number was called Who's Sorry Now? an old favourite which when re-recorded rocketed into the charts and sold a million copies.
After that Connie Francis became a major star on both sides of the Atlantic. Her hits were numerous, among them records which are still fondly remembered, numbers like Stupid Cupid, written by Neil Sedaka, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, I'm Sorry I MadeYou Cry, My Happiness and Lipstick on Your Collar.
But, like so any stars of her era Connie lost her impetus, fading into semi-obscurity. An attempted comeback failed to bring new fame, but she never really recovered from the trauma of being raped in November 1974 in a hotel room.

Written by The Editor - 18/06/2003 14:06:45

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