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Mama – Connie Francis

Mama – Connie Francis –

Mama” is a popular song first written in 1941 by Cesare Andrea Bixio with Italian lyrics by Bixio Cherubini under the title “Mamma son tanto felice” (Mum, I am so happy).

The performers of this song included: Beniamino Gigli, Luciano Tajoli,Richard Tucker, Claudio Villa, Robertino Loreti, Violetta Villas, Muslim Mogomayev, Luciano Pavarotti, Toto Cutugno, Andrea Bocelli, Sergio Franchi, Romina Arena, and Mario Frangoulis.

In 1946, the English lyrics were written by Harold Barlow and Phil Brito who had their popular recording hit the charts in May 1946.

British singer David Whitfield also had a hit with the song, which reached number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in 1955.

The song was also recorded by Connie Francis in 1959 for her album Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites, with her hit single released in February 1960. Arranged and conducted by Tony Osborne, the Connie Francis version of the song was a number two hit in the UK, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song in German (as well as in Dutch and in English) was recorded byDutch child singer Heintje Simons for his album Heintje in 1967 (lyrics written by Bruno Balz). Also Heintje performed Mama in Zum Teufel mit der Penne (1968) comedy film.

Following another idea from her father, Francis traveled to London in August 1959 to record an Italian album at EMI’s famous Abbey Road Studios. Entitled Connie Francis sings Italian Favorites, the album was released in November 1959. It soon entered the album charts where it remained for 81 weeks, peaking at # 4. To this day it is still Francis’ most successful album. “Mama”, the single taken from the album, reached # 8 in the United States and # 2 in the United Kingdom.

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One Response to “Mama – Connie Francis”

  1. This Connie Francis song is the one I like the best. arlene.bono

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