Connie Francis Appearing on American Bandstand in 1958

Who's Sorry Now
#4 in 1958


Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero (Connie Francis) was born December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey. On January 1, 1958, she debuted "Who's Sorry Now" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand television show, and by mid-year over a million copies were sold. During the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, Connie Francis performed for U.S. troops. Francis ended her recording career in 1969. She returned in 1973 with "The Answer," a song written just for her, and soon began performing again. Her son Joey was born in 1974. Also in 1974 she was brutally raped for two hours in a Howard Johnson's hotel following a performance in Westbury, New York, and subsequently sued the motel chain for failing to provide adequate security; she reportedly won a $3 million judgment. She did not perform again for seven years. Francis was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental disease which includes severe depressions and manic highs. She uses the drug Lithium to balance out the emotional highs and lows Connie Francis resumed her career in 1989 after discovering the drug and has continued singing and recording since then.
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