My Thanks to You

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
My Thanks To You
Studio album by Connie Francis
Released August 1959
Recorded March 4, 5, and 6, 1959
Genre Pop
Label MGM Records
E-3776 (mono)/SE-3776 (stereo)
Producer Arnold Maxin, Norman Newell
Connie Francis chronology
The Exciting Connie Francis (1959) My Thanks To You (1959) Connie Francis sings Italian Favorites (1959)

My Thanks To You is a studio album recorded by US Entertainer Connie Francis. The album features songs which had been popular on both sides of the Atlantic between the 1920s and the 1940s. It was recorded March 4–6, 1959 at EMI's famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

During the sessions, Francis recorded two versions of the song I'll Close My Eyes, written by Billy Reid and Buddy Kaye. Both recordings share the same orchestral arrangement but different sets of lyrics, which are referred to as "American version" and "British version" for distinction. The British version was included on the album while the American Version remained unreleased until 1993.[1]

Geoff Love and Tony Osborne, who both also appeared as conductors, provided arrangements in the style of British Light Music to make the album more appealing especially to British audiences who had rewarded Francis with # 1 chart notations for Who's Sorry Now? and Stupid Cupid in 1958, making her even more successful of the European side of the Atlantic than on the American where both songs had peaked on # 4 and # 16 respectively.

But even with sophisticated singles such as My Happiness (a US # 2 and a UK # 4 for her in early 1959), Connie Francis was still considered too much of a rock 'n' roll singer to be also accepted as a performer of adult contemporary material, hence the albums failed to make an impression on the charts.

The album was re-packaged with a new cover design and re-released in March 1962.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "My Thanks To You" Noel Gay, Norman Newell 3.32
2. "The Bells of St. Mary's" A. Emmett Adams, Douglas Furber 2.30
3. "A Garden in the Rain" Carroll Gibbons, James Dyrenforth 3.08
4. "Try a Little Tenderness" Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry M. Woods 3.50
5. "A Tree in the Meadow" Billy Reid 3.27
6. "Now Is the Hour" Maewa Kaihau, Clement Scott, Dorothy Stewart 2.35

Side B[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length
1. "I'll Close My Eyes" (British Version) Billy Reid, Buddy Kaye 3.36
2. "The Very Thought of You" Ray Noble 3.47
3. "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey 4.20
4. "Cruising Down the River" Nell Tollerton, Eily Bendell 2.24
5. "The Gypsy" Billy Reid 3.00
6. "Goodnight, Sweetheart" Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Rudy Vallée 3.16

Not included songs from the sessions[edit]

# Title Songwriter Length Remark
1. "I'll Close My Eyes" (American Version) Billy Reid, Buddy Kaye 3.38 unreleased until 1993


References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann: Connie Francis 1955–1959, supplement to 5 CD Boxed Set White Sox, Pink Lipstick... and Stupid Cupid, Bear Family Records BCD 16 616 EI, Hambergen (Germany) 1993
  2. ^ Connie Francis: Souvenirs, Booklet of 4-CD-Box, Polydor 1996, Cat.-No. 314 533 382-2