Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest

CONNIE FRANCIS (Autographed Photo)

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Autographed photo from Connie Francis.

She was not only the first female rock ‘n’ roll singer but the first American artist to record in no less than twelve different languages. She also scored hits with upbeat rock-and-roll numbers such as “Stupid Cupid” (1958)—she was one of the first female performers in that genre—and with twangy expressions of heartbreak such as “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own” (1960). In 1959 Francis released Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites, a collection of traditional and contemporary Italian songs sung partly in their original language. The recording sold well, especially among Italian Americans, and she followed it with albums that paid homage to other ethnic groups. In addition, beginning with the country-tinged “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” (1960), Francis recorded many of her singles in multiple languages and resultingly achieved prominence around the world, especially in Europe and Japan.