Connie Francis - Who's Sorry Now (yellow label)

Connie Francis - Who's Sorry Now (yellow label)

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After her first nine solo singles had failed to chart and her duet single with Marvin Rainwater, "The Majesty Of Love", b/w "You, my Darlin' You" had only been a minor hit, peaking at # 99, the managers at MGM Records had decided not to renew her contract after the last scheduled single release.

During what was supposed to be her last recording session for MGM Records in October 1957, Francis recorded a cover version of the song "Who's Sorry Now?". Francis' father, George Franconero, sr., had wanted his daughter for quite some time to record this song with a contemporary arrangement, over which both had been discussing heatedly since Francis had refused to fulfill the demand, considering the song as old fashioned and corny. But Franconero, sr. persisted and Francis finally gave in.[1]

As Franconero, Sr. had predicted, "Who's Sorry Now?", released as MGM Records Single K 12588, became a huge hit, after which MGM Records renewed the contract with their now successful singer. The recording sessions for an album including the breakthrough hit began in March 1958 and were completed in April 1958.[2]

The album's formula is clearly inspired by the arrangement of its title song: Standards from the time between the 1910s and 1940s presented in a contemporary arrangement, although recordings such as "My Melancholy Baby" or "How Deep is the Ocean" feature grand orchestra arrangements to give the album some diversity in music styles.

When the album was released in May 1958, it failed to chart. The album was re-packaged with a new cover design and re-released in March 1962.[3]