by Connie Francis


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Connie Francis played an important part in late-'50s and 1960s American pop music as one of the most versatile vocalists in the field (she has been likened to Pat Boone in that respect) and one of the few women to join the top ranks of Italian-American entertainers like Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. Souvenirs is a four-disc career retrospective that goes beyond the hits -- of which there are many -- to present her early recordings as a demo singer, offbeat novelties like "Robot Man," and many non-hit singles and album sides. Francis covers a huge territory, from traditional and teen-oriented pop to country, continental music, faux girl-group experiments, and even a little rock & roll. Her hits from 1958-1962, many of which make her seem like a female teen idol, are the ones most people remember, but Francis was really in her element when fronting an orchestra on Jerry Vale- or Perry Como-style traditional pop of the sort that comprises the bulk of Souvenirs. The scope and quantity of her music creates a problem for music buyers and, accordingly, there have been several anthologies that concentrate on one or another aspect of her recording career. Serious fans will want to invest in Bear Family's pair of multidisc box sets, both of which are complete within their respective timeframes. But listeners with a pointed interest in Francis' career, who care enough to want to hear various demo recordings, oddities, and obscurities without investing in the import sets, will find Souvenirs a perfect compromise.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/1996
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453338227
catalogNumber: 533382


Disc 1

  1. Didn't I Love You Enough?
  2. Freddy
  3. (Oh Please) Make Him Jealous
  4. Goody Goodbye
  5. Are You Satisfied?
  6. My Treasure
  7. My First Real Love
  8. Believe in Me (Credimi)
  9. Send for My Baby
  10. Forgetting
  11. My Sailor Boy
  12. I Never Had a Sweetheart
  13. Little Blue Wren
  14. No Other One
  15. Eighteen
  16. The Majesty of Love
  17. Who's Sorry Now?
  18. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
  19. Stupid Cupid
  20. Carolina Moon
  21. Fallin'
  22. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  23. Happy Days and Lonely Nights
  24. My Happiness
  25. Never Before
  26. You Always Hurt the One You Love
  27. If I Didn't Care
  28. Lipstick on Your Collar
  29. Frankie
  30. You're Gonna Miss Me
  31. Plenty Good Lovin'

Disc 2

  1. Among My Souvenirs
  2. God Bless America
  3. Mama
  4. Teddy
  5. Valentino
  6. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
  7. Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)
  8. Robot Man
  9. My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own
  10. Malagueña
  11. Many Tears Ago
  12. Senza Mamma E Nnammurata
  13. Where the Boys Are
  14. Swanee
  15. No One
  16. Baby Roo
  17. Breaking in a Brand New Broken Heart
  18. Someone Else's Boy
  19. Together
  20. Too Many Rules
  21. Pretty Little Baby
  22. La Paloma
  23. Never on Sunday
  24. He's My Dreamboat
  25. Hollywood
  26. When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Heart)
  27. Baby's First Christmas
  28. Don't Break the Heart That Loves You
  29. Second Hand Love

Disc 3

  1. Vacation
  2. The Biggest Sin of All
  3. I Was Such a Fool (To Fall in Love with You)
  4. He Thinks I Still Care
  5. I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter
  6. Al-Di-La
  7. Follow the Boys
  8. Waiting for Billy
  9. If My Pillow Could Talk
  10. Lollipop Lips
  11. Drownin' My Sorrows
  12. Mala Femmena
  13. Your Other Love
  14. Whatever Happened to Rosemarie
  15. In the Summer of His Years
  16. Blue Winter
  17. Souvenirs
  18. You Know You Don't Want Me
  19. Be Anything (But Be Mine)
  20. Looking for Love
  21. Don't Ever Leave Me
  22. We Have Something More (Than a Summer Love)
  23. Whose Heart Are You Breaking Tonight?
  24. For Mama (La Mamma)
  25. Wishing It Was You
  26. You're Mine (Just When You're Lonely)
  27. My Child
  28. Forget Domani
  29. Roundabout
  30. Bossa Nova Hand Dance (Deixa Isso Prá Lá)

Disc 4

  1. Jealous Heart
  2. When the Boys Meet the Girls
  3. Exodus/Hava Nagila
  4. Love Is Me, Love Is You
  5. I'd Let You Break My Heart All over Again
  6. It's a Different World
  7. Somewhere, My Love
  8. A Letter from a Soldier (Deam Mama)
  9. A Nurse in the U.S. Army Corps
  10. So Nice (Summer Samba)
  11. All the Love in the World (Et Si C'Etait Vrai)
  12. Spanish Nights and You (Noches Españolas y Tu)
  13. Games That Lovers Play
  14. Another Page
  15. Souvenir d'Italie
  16. Time Alone Will Tell (Non Pensare a Me)
  17. Born Free
  18. My Heart Cries for You
  19. Lonely Again
  20. My World Is Slipping Away
  21. Why Say Goodbye (A Comme Amour)
  22. Addio Mi' Amore
  23. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
  24. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  25. I Don't Wanna Play House
  26. The Wedding Cake
  27. Gone Like the Wind
  28. Zingara (Gypsy)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Connie Francis   Primary Artist
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Tony Osborne   Conductor
Billy Mure   Conductor
Marvin Rainwater   Track Performer
Teddy Randazzo   Conductor
Leroy Holmes   Conductor
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
Herb Bernstein   Conductor
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Ernie Freeman   Conductor
Benny Golson   Conductor
Tony Hatch   Conductor
Bert Keyes   Conductor
Gus Levene   Conductor
Marty Manning   Conductor
Bill McElhiney   Conductor
Glenn Osser   Conductor
David Rose   Conductor
Joe Sherman   Conductor
Geoff Love   Conductor
Joe Lipman   Conductor
Cliff Parman   Conductor
Morty Craft   Conductor
Joe Mazzu   Conductor

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Dick Clark   Liner Notes
Connie Francis   Executive Producer
Lou Levy   Producer
Glen Moore   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Producer
Larry Wilcox   Arranger
Ray Allen   Composer
Bill Justis   Arranger
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Billy Mure   Arranger
Teddy Randazzo   Arranger
Bobby Russell   Producer
Leroy Holmes   Arranger
Buzz Cason   Producer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Jeff Barry   Producer
Herb Bernstein   Arranger,Producer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Don Costa   Arranger
Danny Davis   Producer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger,Producer
Mickey Gentile   Producer
Benny Golson   Arranger
Hal Gordon   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Tony Hatch   Arranger,Producer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Charles Koppelman   Producer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Bill Levenson   Producer,Contributor,Track Annotations
Giulio Libano   Arranger
Marty Manning   Arranger
Arnold Maxin   Producer
Harry Meyerson   Producer
Bob Morgan   Producer
Ted Murray   Composer
Norman Newell   Producer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Richard Wess   Arranger
Don Rubin   Producer
George Sheck   Producer
Joe Sherman   Arranger,Producer
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Pete Spargo   Producer
Roy Turk   Composer
Don Tweedy   Arranger
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Jim Stewart   Composer
Jesse Kaye   Producer
Bill Ramal   Arranger
Phil Brito   Composer
Chris Mosley   Composer
Pat Niglio   Producer,Contributor,Track Annotations
Don Charles   Producer,Liner Notes,Track Annotations
Reed   Producer
Morty Craft   Producer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Joe Mazzu   Arranger
Milton Subotsky   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Vittoria Mascheroni   Composer
Don Stirling   Composer
Danny Stradella   Composer
Gary Temkin   Composer
Harold Barlow   Composer
Cesare Bixio   Composer
Brad Boobis   Composer
Bruno Cherubini   Composer
Luigi Donadio   Composer
Audio 2   Composer
David Whittaker   Arranger
Johnny Gluck   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
David Lee   Composer
Horatio Nicholls   Composer
Neil Nephew   Composer
Athena Hosey   Composer
Marjorie Harper   Composer
Peppino Mendes   Composer
Wanda Merrell   Composer
Mark "Moose" Charlap   Composer
Bill Nauman   Composer
Gisela Guenther   Composer
Michael Canosa   Composer
Jenny Lambert   Composer

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