Join the Everybody Loves Italian Newsletter Today

Fun and Exciting Updates and Information From Your Friends Dominic & Frank

Subscribe!

We Promise! We will not spam you and we'll keep your personal data secure.

Connie Francis -Talks about Her Dad & “Who’s Sorry Now”

Connie Francis -Talks about Her Dad & “Who’s Sorry Now”

Connie talks about how her father insisted that she record the song – “Who’s Sorry Now”. Her first #1 Hit….In her autobiography Who’s Sorry Now?, published in 1984, Francis recalls that she was encouraged by her father, George Franconero, Sr., to appear regularly at talent contests, pageants and other neighborhood festivities from the age of four as a singer and accordion player.

Discouraged about her inability up until that time to get a break, Connie considered a career in medicine and was about to accept a four-year scholarship offered at New York University. At what was to have been her final recording session for MGM on October 2, 1957, she recorded a cover version of the 1923 song “Who’s Sorry Now?”, written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Francis has said that she recorded it at the insistence of her father, who was convinced it stood a chance of becoming a hit because it was a song adults already knew and that teenagers would dance to if it had a contemporary arrangement.

Francis, who did not like the song at all and had been arguing about it with her father heatedly, delayed the recording of the three other songs during the session so much, that in her opinion there was no time left on the continuously running recording tape. But her father insisted, and when the recording “Who’s Sorry Now?” was finished, there were only a few seconds left on the tape.

The single seemed to go unnoticed like all previous releases – just as Francis had predicted. But on January 1, 1958, the song debuted on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. By mid-year, over a million copies had been sold, and Francis was suddenly launched into worldwide stardom. In April 1958, “Who’s Sorry Now” reached # 1 on the UK Singles Chart and # 4 in the US. For the next four years, Francis was voted the “Best Female Vocalist” by American Bandstand viewers.

From Wikipedia

From You Tube

Dominic and Frank forever Celebrating Life, Love and the Italian Experience

Click here to visit our webpage – Everybody Loves Italian

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply