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Connie Francis

"Connie Francis" (born December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop singer best known for her 1957 hit "Who's Sorry Now?".

Born "Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero" in Newark's Italian Down Neck or Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey neighborhood, she is considered the most prolific female rock 'n' roll hit-maker of the early rock era -- the late 1950s to the early 1960s. After an appearance on ''Startime'', Francis was advised to change her name from Franconero to something more easily pronounceable, as well as to quit the accordion and focus on singing.

Francis' first single "Freddy" (1955) met with little success and she began considering a career in medicine. However, "Who's Sorry Now" (a cover version of a 1923 song) launched her into super-stardom worldwide. In 1957, "Who's Sorry Now" reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and in 2000, was named one of the Songs of the Century. On January 1, 1958, she debuted it on Dick Clark's ''American Bandstand'' television show; by mid-year over a million copies were sold. This was followed by "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You", "Everybody's Somebody's Fool", "Stupid Cupid", "In the Summer of his Years...

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