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Everybody's Somebody's Fool

by

Connie Francis



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"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was written with music by Jack Keller and lyrics by Howard Greenfield. Despite thirteen previous charting Top-40 hit singles, this was her very first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The same year that this song came out, Francis had also released an album One For The Boys, to coincide with the release of her film where she also had a starring role, Where the Boys Are. So this song got shoved back a bit on album release in the thick of Francis' busy career, ending up on a greatest hits compilation.
In the US, this song was actually the B-side to "Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)," however, in Germany, this song formed the A-side under the title "Die Liebe ist ein Seltsames Spiel." The intriguing story of why this was so told below:

Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, tells the story of this song's genesis. In the first place, Keller and Greenfield didn't even have Francis in mind for "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," but instead the Blues singer Laverne Baker. However, having previously worked with Connie Francis on "Stupid Cupid," she came to them looking for a Country & Western tune - based on research by her father who had toured Europe and discovered that US C&W hits were big in Germany.

Keller was stunned when Greenfield told him that Francis wanted it done as a Country tune, but Keller shrugged and adapted it, even adding the organ opening in the arrangement to give it a more authentic feel.

When the trio met with MGM publisher Arnold Maxim about this song, he told them, "If you put out that Country song, I think your career is finished." Francis firmly believed otherwise, citing the creative control clause in her contract. The song was released in May of 1960 and shot to #1 by July. When Francis got a framed copy of the commemorative single, she mailed it to Maxim in a box - along with a set of salt-and-pepper shakers. Always the sassy one, that Connie!
The follow-up song to this one was "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own," also written by Keller and Greenfield.
This was the 30th #1 single on the Hot 100 and the first by a solo female. The only previous chart-topper sung by a member of the fairer sex after the launch of the listing on August 4, 1958 had been "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears with lead vocals by the act's Annette Kleinbard.
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Comments (1):

On June 12th 1960, Connie Francis performed "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
One month earlier on May 9th, 1960 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #52; and on June 27th it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 18 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #24 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
During it's 1st week at #1 the #2 record was "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers (which was #1) and the 2nd week at #1 "Alley-Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles was at #2 (it in return bumped her out of the top spot)...
The record's B-side, "Jealous of You", also made the Top 100, it stayed on the chart for 11 weeks, peaking at #19...
Ms. Francis, born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, will celebrate her 76th birthday this coming December 12th, 2014.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
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