White Sox, Pink Lipstick...And Stupid Cupid: Connie Francis in the 1950s

White Sox, Pink Lipstick...And Stupid Cupid: Connie Francis in the 1950s

by Connie FrancisConnie Francis

CD(Box Set)



Anyone who thinks they appreciate Connie Francis probably doesn't know half of what she could do as a singer -- this five-CD box will set them straight. The revelation of disc one lies in the fact that the three included demos and the other "failures" from her early career are all worthwhile, even inspired recordings. Francis had a superb voice, richly emotive and evocative, with an alluringly delicate enunciation when she wanted it. Listening to these sides today, one hears an extraordinary talent that was ignored until "Who's Sorry Now." After that, things really get going, because Francis was working under a contract that nobody -- not even Frank Sinatra -- had: the right to choose her own material. Disc two picks up her career after the explosive success of "Who's Sorry Now"; these are more confident performances, and reveal Francis as not only a dazzlingly talented singer but an excellent judge of songs and arrangements. Disc three showcases Francis' efforts in the long-player market, where she was really aiming her best work. The outstanding material here is the product of her February 1959 New York sessions and the sessions a month later at Abbey Road in London; here she's starting to sound like a female analog to Sinatra, just when Sinatra was at his coolest and swinging-est. But at this point, it was the rock & roll singles that were moving, and she cut a whole album of standards in that genre, represented on Disc four; also featured are her country sides. Disc five is mostly made up of unissued tracks and various alternate takes. They're all first-rate, and a few should have been hits and could have redefined her career. The lavish booklet and the detailed notes and sessionography cap this reissue, which puts Polygram's efforts with Francis to shame.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156167
catalogNumber: 15616


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. Forgetting
  10. Send for My Baby
  11. I Never Had a Sweetheart
  12. Little Blue Wren
  13. Everyone Needs SomeOne
  14. My Sailor Boy
  15. No Other One
  16. I Leaned on a Man
  17. Faded Orchid
  18. Eighteen
  19. My Sister's Clothes
  20. The Majesty of Love
  21. You, My Darlin' You
  22. Who's Sorry Now?
  23. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love)
  24. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  25. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  26. The Wheel of Fortune
  27. How Can I Make You Believe in Me
  28. You Belong to Me
  29. Daddy's Little Girl

Disc 2

  1. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
  2. I Cried for You
  3. You Always Hurt the One You Love
  4. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  5. Lock up Your Heart
  6. Heartaches
  7. I'm Nobody's Baby Now
  8. My Melancholy Baby
  9. I Miss You So
  10. It's the Talk of the Town
  11. If I Had You
  12. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  13. Carolina Moon
  14. Stupid Cupid
  15. Happy Days and Lonely Nights
  16. Fallin'
  17. You're My Everything
  18. My Happiness
  19. Don't Speak of Love
  20. Love Eyes
  21. Never Before
  22. In the Valley of Love
  23. Time After Time
  24. Blame It on My Youth
  25. How Did He Look?
  26. That's All

Disc 3

  1. Toward the End of the Day
  2. I Really Don't Want to Know
  3. No One to Cry To
  4. If I Didn't Care
  5. If You Love Me Tonight
  6. If You Love Me Tonight
  7. Come Rain or Come Shine
  8. All by Myself
  9. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
  10. The Song Is Ended
  11. There Will Never Be Another You
  12. Melancholy Serenade
  13. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
  14. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
  15. My Thanks to You
  16. The Bells of St. Mary's
  17. Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You
  18. A Garden in the Rain
  19. Try a Little Tenderness
  20. Goodnight Sweetheart
  21. Cruising Down the River
  22. I'll Close My Eyes
  23. I'll Close My Eyes
  24. The Very Thought of You
  25. These Foolish Things
  26. A Tree in the Meadow

Disc 4

  1. The Gypsy
  2. Now Is the Hour
  3. You're Gonna Miss Me
  4. Frankie
  5. Lipstick on Your Collar
  6. Oh, Frankie
  7. I Almost Lost My Mind
  8. I'm Walkin'
  9. Just a Dream
  10. Heartbreak Hotel
  11. I Hear You Knockin'
  12. Tweedle Dee
  13. Ain't That a Shame
  14. It's Only Make Believe
  15. Sincerely
  16. Don't Be Cruel
  17. Bye Bye Love
  18. Earth Angel
  19. Hearts of Stone
  20. Silhouettes
  21. Plenty Good Lovin'
  22. Singing the Blues
  23. My Special Angel
  24. Tennessee Waltz
  25. Let Me Go Lover
  26. Young Love
  27. Half as Much
  28. Anytime
  29. Your Cheatin' Heart
  30. Cold, Cold Heart

Disc 5

  1. Peace in the Valley
  2. Too Young
  3. Temptation
  4. You Made Me Love You
  5. Prisoner of Love
  6. Young at Heart
  7. It's Not for Me to Say
  8. Thinking of You
  9. That's My Desire
  10. Because of You
  11. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  12. April Love
  13. Cry
  14. God Bless America
  15. Among My Souvenirs
  16. Snap Dragon
  17. No One
  18. The Tiger and the Mouse
  19. Forgetting
  20. Lock up Your Heart
  21. My Melancholy Baby
  22. No One
  23. The Tiger and the Mouse

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Connie Francis   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Bert Jansch   Composer
Rudy Vallée   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Jackie Gleason   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Glen Moore   Composer
Carroll Gibbons   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Foy Willing   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Rick Cartey   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Steven Kirk   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Arthur Lee   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Harry Meyerson   Producer
J.D. Miller   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Frank Slay   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Curley Williams   Composer
Alex Rybeck   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
William Ruhlmann   Biographical Information
R.A. Andreas   Photo Illustration
Milton Subotsky   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Herbert "Happy" Lawson   Composer
Gladys Shelley   Composer
Brad Boobis   Composer
Bobby Burke   Composer
Alessandro Cicognini   Composer
James Dyrenforth   Composer
Anthony September   Composer
John Dentato   Composer
Hill   Composer
Ted Gray   Composer
Peter Pan   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Chilton Price   Composer
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Horatio Nicholls   Composer
Horace Gerlach   Composer
Neil Nephew   Composer
Duke Enston   Composer
George Goehring   Composer
Mark "Moose" Charlap   Composer
Gisela Guenther   Composer
Ginger Grey   Composer
N. J. Clesi   Composer
Lannie Grey   Composer
Carole Joyner   Composer

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