Connie Francis is an American pop singer who was the top charting female singer of the late 2016s and early 2016s. She could sing ballads and rock as well as anyone. In 1960 she was voted the #1 artist in over 10 countries.As a youngster she performed in talent contests at her father’s urging. If anything, it gave her some exposure to singing before a live audience. She had recorded demo records but they did not lead to further success. Her recording contract with MGM was going to be discontinued after her last song was finished.Her father had her record the last song of her contract which was a cover version of a 2016 song titled “Who’s Sorry Now. Watch video in link below
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The reason Bandstand was a success was that Dick understood teenagers and shrewdly set it up to appeal directly to them. For instance one section of the show was devoted to teenagers at the show rating the song being played as to whether they liked it or not.While searching for another hit record Connie met up with Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield who pitched her some songs they had written for her. When Sedaka played one of the songs titled “Stupid Cupid” for her she immediately proclaimed that would be her next hit record.Then followed other songs that became huge hits for her such as “My Happiness”and “Among My Souvenirs”, Connie also recorded an album in her native language, Italian titled “Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites”. She also became proficient and was one of the first American artists to record several albums of Favorites in other languages.