Connie Francis is an American pop singer who ruled the charts in late 1950s and early 1960s. Her music talent was spotted early in her life and by the age of three she began attending music school for vocal and accordion training and started performing in public by the age of four. At the age of twelve, she secured the first place on Arthur Godfrey's ‘Startime Talent Scout’ and started playing weekly on Startime shows. It was at this time when she changed her original name, Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, into more easily pronounceable Connie Francis. At the age of 16, she signed a contract with MGM Records for ten songs, which was nearly terminated when the first nine singles flopped. But it was her tenth song, ‘Who’s Sorry Now’, which over the night turned her into a star and she continued to churn out hits for the next fifteen years, singing in English, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew and Japanese. Since then, she has been performing off and on and despite several interruptions in her career remains one of most popular artists.
Newark, New Jersey
Also Known As
Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero
Belleville High School, Newark Arts High School, New York University
George Franconero Sr.
Bob Parkinson (m. 1985 – div. 1986), Dick Kanellis (m. 1964 – div. 1964), Izzy Marion (m. 1971 – div. 1972), Joseph Garzilli (m. 1973 – div. 1978)
George Franconero Jr.
Joseph Garzilli Jr.