Connie Francis (born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) was the top-selling American female vocalist of the 1950’s and 1960’s.Her recording of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby’s ‘Who’s Sorry Now?’ propelled her to major international stardom, helped in no small part by her performance of the song on the legendary Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’.In April 1958 her version of ‘Who’s Sorry Now?’ reached #1 in the UK pop charts and #4 in the U.S.Her long and auspicious career in the music and movie business would bring her many highs – and some desperate lows.She was and is a survivor, who will be best remembered for her dramatic and theatrical ballads, through which she developed a very distinctive, sobbing delivery, often sprinkled with overtly emotive, spoken monologues.Ms. Francis retains the distinction of having recorded many of her hits in a staggering FIFTEEN different languages! A true pop icon of her era, she was also the lady who gave us such upbeat hits as ‘Stupid Cupid’ and ‘V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N’, the cult teen movie ‘Where The boys Are’ (which spawned the hit song of the same name) plus she dubbed Jayne Mansfield’s vocals in ‘The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw’ (1958) for which she sang the dreamy ‘In the Valley Of Love’.Connie Francis still appears onstage – indeed, in 2010 she appeared at the Las Vegas Hilton with Dionne Warwick in a show which was (aptly) entitled : ‘Eric Floyd’s Grand Divas Of The Stage’.This delightful paper doll book is a souvenir from her fabulous 1960’s heyday; released by Whitman Publishing Company in 1963, it evokes the colourful, glamourous and often whimsical outfits of the time and the lifestyle Connie Francis pursued/enjoyed, to perfection.I hope that you will take pleasure in viewing this delicious slice of 1960’s memorabilia/nostalgia; be sure to look for future entries on vintage paper dolls – a genre close to my heart/personal development!
CONNIE FRANCIS CUT-OUTS ©copyright WHITMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY 1963.
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