Connie Francis is an American pop singer, composer, actress, entertainer and publisher; one of the most successful artists of the 1950s and ’60s.
Francis started her music career at sixteen when she signed a record contract with MGM. The record label released her first recording, “Freddy” because the president of MGM had a son named by the same name.
After a series of flop singles, the singer found success with “Who’s sorry now?”.
The song was the first of Francis’ long string of worldwide hits. By 1967, she had sold 35 million worldwide, with 35 U.S. Top 40 hits and several number ones (“Everybody’s somebody’s fool,” “My heart has a mind of its own,” “Don’t break the heart that loves you,” and “Stupid cupid”) to her credit.
During 1975, nasal surgery temporarily robbed her of her voice. She was on the comeback trail in 1981 when her brother, George, was brutally murdered. It took seven years to determine that through all of those events, she was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She finally made her return to the stage and recording in 1989, and Connie Francis has continued to sing to sold-out audiences into the new millennium. She has recorded more than 70 LPs.
In 2010, she also appeared at the Las Vegas Hilton with Dionne Warwick, a show billed as “Eric Floyd’s Grand Divas of Stage”.