Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s

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Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s
Studio album by Connie Francis
Released May 1968
Recorded May 6, 7, and 11, 1968
Genre Vocal jazz
Label MGM Records
E-4573 (mono)/SE-4573(stereo)
Producer Don Costa
Connie Francis chronology
Hawaii Connie (1968) Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s (1968) Connie Francis sings Bacharach & David (1968)
Singles from Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s
  1. "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place"
    Released: August 1968
    MGM Records K 13948
  2. "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime"
    Released: August 1968
    MGM Records K 13948
  3. "Am I Blue"
    Released: November 1968
    MGM Records K 14004

Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s is a studio album recorded by U. S. Entertainer Connie Francis.

Allegedly inspired by the success of Arthur Penn's 1967 motion picture Bonnie & Clyde,[1] Connie Francis decided in March 1968 to record an album of songs from the depression era. To compile a repertoire of songs with the most appeal to the listener, Francis interviewed several contemporary witness about the hit songs from that era and finally made her choice.[2]

The album's title is a word play on the outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde, two of the most remembered personalities of the era. Robert Arthur, the musical director of The Ed Sullivan Show, provided the only new song, the opening track Connie & Clyde".

Francis followed this project with enthusiasm, and within an unusual short preparation time of less than two months after the initial idea, the album was recorded on May 6, 7, and 11, 1968.[3] Arrangements were provided by Don Costa, the live orchestra during the sessions was conducted by Joe Mazzu.

Two recordings on this album are especially noteworthy: Button Up Your Overcoat and You Oughta Be In Pictures were treated with a special mixing technique. Thus, the first bars of each song feature a nostalgic fake gramophone sound before bursting into glorious 1968 state of the art stereo.

The mixing of all song was done immediately after the recording sessions in early May 1968, followed by the album's release at the end of the same month.[4]

In Germany, the album was released in a slightly edited version: With Plenty Of Money And You was removed from the Golddiggers' Medley, so the recording starts immediately with We're In The Money. On the album cover, the song was renamed The Golddiggers' Song: We're In The Money.[5]

For the photos on the album's cover, Connie Francis and an unnamed production assistant of MGM Records[6] dressed up in fashionable 1930s style and reenacted the famous photo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow posing with guns in front of a Ford Model B of 1932.

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "Connie & Clyde" Robert Arthur 2.56
2. "You Oughta Be In Pictures" Dana Suesse, Edward Heyman 2.14
3. "Ace in the Hole" Elmer Schoebel, Louis Alber Panico 3.11
4. "Golddiggers Medley: With Plenty Of Money And You/
We're In The Money"
Harry Warren, Al Dubin 2:13
5. "Just a Gigolo" Leonello Casucci, Julius Brammer, Irving Caesar 3.33
6. "Button Up Your Overcoat" Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown 1.56

Side B[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime" Yip Harburg, Jay Gorney 3.48
2. "Maybe" Allan Flynn, Frank Madden 2.14
3. "Am I Blue" Harry Akst, Grant Clarke 3.01
4. "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" Bee Palmer, Sam H. Stept, Sidney Clare 2.52
5. " Ain't Misbehavin'" Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf 3.26
6. "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" Dick Howard, Bob Ellsworth, Russ Morgan 2.32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connie Francis: Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s, Liner notes to CD re-release of the album, Universal Music Germany 2011, Cat.-No. 06007 5316870
  2. ^ as above
  3. ^ Ron Roberts: Connie Francis Discography 1955 – 1975
  4. ^ Connie Francis: Souvenirs, Booklet of 4-CD-Box, Polydor 1996, Cat.-No. 314 533 382-2
  5. ^ Original vinyl album Connie & Clyde – Hit Songs of the 30s, German edition, MGM Records 12" Album 65 103 (mono) and 665 103 (stereo), 1968
  6. ^ Connie Francis: The Swinging Connie Francis, Liner notes to CD re-release of the album, Audiophile Records 1996, Cat.-No. ACD-286