Where the Boys Are (Connie Francis song)
|"Where the Boys Are"|
|Single by Connie Francis|
|B-side||"No One," "Baby Roo"|
|Recorded||October 18, 1960 (A-side)
December 27, 1960 (B-side)
|Genre||Traditional pop music|
|Label||MGM Records K 12971|
|Writer(s)||Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield|
US singles chronology
Original version by Connie Francis
When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed Connie Francis for a major starring rôle in the motion picture Where the Boys Are (based on the novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout), Francis solicited the services of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, who had written hit songs for her previously (e. g. "Stupid Cupid"), to write original material for her to perform on the film's soundtrack including a Where the Boys Are title song.
Sedaka and Greenfield wrote two potential title songs for the film, but producer Joe Pasternak dismissed the song preferred by Francis and the songwriting team. The dismissed version in question was never recorded, not even for demonstration purposes, as Francis (vocal) and Sedaka (piano) had presented both songs as a live performance for Pasternak.
Motion Picture Version
The version chosen by Joe Pasternak was recorded for the first time on July 12, 1960 in Hollywood and was only used when combined to medleys with the overture and closing credits scores written by George E. Stoll.
Original Version 1960
Francis recorded the record version of Where the Boys Are on 18 October 1960 in a New York City recording session with Stan Applebaum arranging and conducting. The same session also came up with Francis' hits Many Tears Ago and Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart as well as the songs On the Outside Looking In, Happy New Year Baby, and Mein Herz weiß genau, was es will, which all would remain unreleased until the 1980s.
- German: Wenn ich träume
- French: Je sais qu'un gars
- Japanese: Atashi-no
- Italian: Qualcuno mi aspetta
- Neapolitan: C'è qualcuno
- Spanish: Donde hay chicos
Where the Boys Are was comparatively less successful in the English speaking world: In the US, the song peaked at #4. While the track peaked on both the UK and Australian charts at #5. However, Where the Boys Are became Francis' signature tune and remains a fan favorite.
After several years of stage absence, Francis recorded a new album entitled Who's Happy Now? in 1978. A revamped Disco version of Where the Boys Are was chosen as the leading track of the album and culled as a single. Although the English recording wasn't able to crack the charts anywhere, Francis also recorded Spanish, Italian and Japanese Disco versions of the song.
- Linda Martin recorded Where the Boys Are and reached #19 in Ireland.
- Mary Sarah recorded "Where the Boys Are" for her 2014 album Bridges: the track is a duet with its composer Neil Sedaka. Mary performed the song solo on the February 29, 2016 episode of the U.S. version of The Voice.
- Voice actor Kath Soucie performed a cover version of "Where the Boys Are" as her animated skunk character Fifi LaFume from the Tiny Toon Adventures TV series for the "Tiny Toons Sing!" album.
- Roberts, Ron: Connie Francis 1960–1962, companion book to 5 CD retrospective "Kissin', Twistin', Goin' Where the Boys Are
- Connie Francis in Hollywood, CD Booklet, Rhino Records SNY 42812, Hollywood 1997
- Roberts, Ron: Connie Francis Discography 1955–1975, revised editions 1979 and 1983
- Feddersen, Jan: Connie Francis, companion book to 5 CD retrospective "Lass mir die bunten Träume", Bear Family Records BCD 15 786 EI, Hambergen 1994
- Francis, Connie: Who's Sorry Now? (Autobiography), St. Martin's Press, 1984, ISBN 0-312-87088-4
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 240.
- Francis, Connie and others: Souvenirs, companion book to 4 CD retrospective "Souvenirs", Polydor (New York) 1995, Kat.-Nr. 314 533 382-2