Connie Francis Sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits

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Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits
Studio album by Connie Francis
Released May 1963
Recorded April 26–28, 1962
March 15, 1963
March 22, 1963
April 4, 1963
Genre Pop
Label MGM Records
E-4048 (mono)/SE-4048 (stereo)
Producer Norman Newell & Danny Davis
Connie Francis chronology
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Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits is a studio album recorded by American pop singer Connie Francis.

Background[edit]

In April 1962, Connie Francis was working mostly in Europe, recording several German language songs at Austrophon Studio, located in the basement of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and shooting her on-location scenes for the Motion Picture Follow the Boys at the French and Italian Riviera.

Between April 26 and 28, Francis spent three days in Rome, recording a set of thirteen songs intended for an album of Academy Award winning songs with the rather lengthy title Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits:

The playbacks to these songs had been pre-recorded at EMI's famous Abbey Road Studios in London under the supervision of Francis' British producer Norman Newell and were conducted by Geoff Love. The tapes of these playbacks had been shipped to Rome, where Francis overdubbed her vocals at RCA Italiana Studios. Francis was unsatisfied with the results and it was decided to postpone the album's release which had originally been planned for early summer of 1962.

The album remained in the vaults until March 1963. When Francis decided to record the winning song from the 1963 Academy Award ceremony, "Days of Wine and Roses," plans were made to include this recording to the set of songs from the 1962 sessions. Yet, Francis still was not satisfied with the whole album and asked orchestra leader Don Costa - who had arranged and conducted her # 1 hit "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" in November 1961 and was also in charge of Francis' recording of "Days of Wine and Roses" - to create and record new playbacks for the 1962 recordings while keeping Francis' original vocals.

Between March 15 and April 4, 1963, Costa recorded new playbacks to twelve of the thirteen songs; some of them even underwent a second treatment until Francis was finally satisfied with the results. The recording of "Over the Rainbow" was heavily edited by removing the repetition of the second verse and cutting down its running time from 3:46 minutes to 2:38 minutes. One track, however, was left untouched, "Buttons and Bows" from the motion picture The Paleface, and remained completely unreleased until 1996.

The remaining twelve songs were combined with "Days of Wine and Roses," and the album was finally released in May 1963 in the U. S. as MGM Records 12" Album SE-4048 (stereo) and E-4048 (mono).[1]

In Australia (Cat.-No. S 027592) and New Zealand (Cat.-No. MCS 5017), though, it came to a mix-up of mastertapes. Here the original 1962 recordings from Rome were released with Days of Wine and Roses missing.[2]

In Brazil, the album was released under the title Connie Francis canta Témas premiadas do Cinema. It featured the same track listing as the U. S. edition.

Track listing US-Edition with new 1963 Playbacks[edit]

Side A[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "Days of Wine and Roses" Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer 3.00
2. "Secret Love" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster 2.50
3. "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" Allie Wrubel, Ray Gilbert 1.38
4. "When You Wish upon a Star" Leigh Harline, Ned Washington 3.10
5. "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 2.23
6. "Over the Rainbow" Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg 2.38

Side B[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "Moon River" Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer 2.42
2. "Lullaby of Broadway" Harry Warren, Al Dubin 2.38
3. "You'll Never Know" Harry Warren, Mack Gordon 3.32
4. "The Last Time I Saw Paris" Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II 3.15
5. "High Hopes" Jimmy van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 2.32
6. "The Way You Look Tonight" Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields 3.12
7. "All the Way" Jimmy van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 2.35

Track listing New Zealand and Australia edition with original 1962 Playbacks[edit]

Side A[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "Moon River" Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer 2.42
2. "Secret Love" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster 2.50
3. "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" Allie Wrubel, Ray Gilbert 1.38
4. "When You Wish upon a Star" Leigh Harline, Ned Washington 3.08
5. "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 2.28
6. "Over the Rainbow" Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg 3.46

Side B[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "Lullaby of Broadway" Harry Warren, Al Dubin 2.38
2. "You'll Never Know" Harry Warren, Mack Gordon 3.28
3. "The Last Time I Saw Paris" Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II 3.15
4. "High Hopes" Jimmy van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 2.32
5. "The Way You Look Tonight" Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields 3.12
6. "All the Way" Jimmy van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 2.35

Not included songs from the sessions[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length Remark
1. "Buttons and Bows" Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 2.26 Recorded April 1962, only song from the sessions not reworked in 1963

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connie Francis: Souvenirs, Booklet of 4-CD-Box, Polydor 1996, Cat.-No. 314 533 382-2
  2. ^ Ron Roberts: Connie Francis 1960–1962, supplement to 5 CD Boxed Set Kissin', Twistin', Goin' Where The Boys Are, Bear Family Records BCD 16 826 AH, Hambergen (Germany) 1996

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