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Who's Sorry Now


Connie Francis

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Written by the Tin Pan Alley songwriters Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Ted Snyder, this song was originally recorded by Isham Jones & his Orchestra in 1923. It was revived by Harry James in 1946 and was then sung by Gloria De Haven in the 1950 movie Three Little Words. Johnnie Ray's version was a hit in 1956.
Connie Francis didn't want to record this song, but it was one of her father's favorites and he convinced her to do it. After a false start, she sang it in one take. When Dick Clark started to play Francis' version on American Bandstand, it became a million seller.
Francis had recently accepted a premed scholarship at New York University and she was contemplating ending her career as a singer, but this song made her a star and was the first of many transatlantic hits for the Italian American.
In Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, in an interview with Francis, we learn how she and Bobby Darin met for the first time in Brill Building executive George Scheck's office. Darin and Kirshner were going door to door in the building trying to get someone to listen to their songs; Scheck had arranged a meeting with them and Francis. This was 1956 - two years before this song hit - when she was still relatively unknown. Darin would later write songs for Francis.

Connie Francis also confides in the same volume that she and Darin were quite smitten with each other at first sight, but were both so feisty that they traded barbs a few times before settling down to date.
Marie Osmond brought this song back to the charts in 1975, when her cover reached #40 in the US.
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Comments (6):

On January 23rd 1958, Connie Francis performed "Who's Sorry Now" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
One month later on February 18th it entered Billboard's Top 100; eventually it peaked at #4 and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100...
It also reached #4 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
And on May 16th, 1958 it peaked at #1 (for 6 weeks) on the U.K. New Musical Express magazine chart...
Ms. Francis, born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, celebrated he 75th birthday last month on December 12th (2013).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
In 1959 Connie Francis according to Billboard released a record were both sides made the Top Ten. "Lipstick On Your Collar" peaked at #5 while the flip-side, "Frankie" peaked at #9!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Here are the lyrics to the song Connie sings : " Who's sorry now ? ..Who's sorry now ? ..Who's heart is aching for breaking each vow ? Who's sad and blue ?..Who's crying too? ..Like I cry over you . Like in the end ..Just like a friend ..I'm gonna get to you some how . You had your way ..Now you must say ..I'm glad that you're sorry now. Like in the end..Just like a friend..I'm gonna get to you some how . You had your way..Now you must say..I'm glad that you're sorry now." (ends)
- Mike, Franklin County, PA
Although Connie Francis sang this song back in the 50s , it was really a popular song first sang and recorded during the Roaring - 20s ( 1920s ).
- Mike, Franklin County, PA
I would like to contact Connie. My mother was a friend of hers / I was named after her. My mother's name was Velma Maxine ~ Connie Francis sang at my Uncle Wayn's club in Wisconsin, when I was growing up.
- Connie, Brookings, SD
"Who's Sorry Now" by Connie Francis is a song's song by a singer's singer!! It still sounds fresh as does Miss Connie still performing and still receiving standing ovations with that song ('among her other souveniers'). -- Dre
- AnDre, The Bronx, NY
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