Happy birthday, Connie Francis!

Connie Francis had 35 Top 40 hits from 1958 to 1964. She had three No. 1 hits: “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and “My Heart Has a Mind of its Own” in 1960 and “Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” in 1962. Connie’s biggest hit, “Who’s Sorry Now”, was an old standard that her dad loved so Connie recorded it and it became a million seller. Connie sold over 100 million records.

I met Connie when she came to Vancouver in 1958 as the opening act for Nat King Cole at Denman Auditorium. I fell in love with her immediately. This tiny little bundle of energy was loaded with talent and could sing rock and roll and ballads too.

Connie sang the title song and co-starred in the film comedy “Where the Boys Are”, about a group of American college kids on spring break in Fort Lauderdale. The theme song, written by old friend Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, became her signature tune. Connie is retired and lives in Parkland, Florida today. Catch up with Connie at conniefrancis.com