Connie Francis
Oldies Music Lyrics

"Frankie" Vinyl Record Memories

Frankie vinyl record memories.

Another great tissue worthy ballad about lost love, the Connie Francis vinyl record memories returns to 1959, more than sixty years after the song "Frankie" was originally penned by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.

At the time Connie was determined to have a double-sided hit and approached the songwriters with the idea to make the song about one of the hottest teen idols of the time, Frankie Avalon.

In a 1991 interview with DisCoveries Magazine, Greenfield asks Connie how should the song be written, "Happy or Sad?" Connie replied, "Always sad, Howie, you know that teenage girls love to cry."

In the song, Francis is trying to hide her heartbreak after Frankie breaks up with her. It would end up on the B-side of her 1959 hit "Lipstick on Your Collar" that finished at #5 on Hot 100 list.

"Frankie" also became a Top Ten hit in the US finishing at #9 making the "Lipstick on Your Collar"/"Frankie" the single most successful double-sided hit of her career. In the New York area it was even bigger than Lipstick on Your Collar.

The Spoken Intro To The Song.
How It All Came About...

Frankie's introduction by Connie Francis. A unique beginning to the song.

At the session, record producer and conductor, Ray Ellis is in the control room. As soon as the guitar introduction began, Connie just up and said, "Frankie, wherever you are I love you."

When Ray heard that he came over the intercom and reportedly said, "Oh God, Connie, give me a break, this is going a little too far." But he finally agreed to leave that part in and so they did.

Connie Francis Oldies Music Lyrics.
Does she cry when she sings?

Her heartbreaking voice was very similar to that of our favorite country singer Patsy Cline.

Not only did they possess that little "cry" in their voice, that almost no one can do successfully, they could take almost any material, no matter how simple, and make it better...even great.

Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.

As you listen to the music notice how simple the lyrics are but how much emotion Connie puts into this song. One of the more popular 50s Teen heartbreak songs ever.

Listen to her grand and powerful voice and how true her sound is. A clear example why her songs have held up over the years. Absolutely beautiful.

Another one of our favorite Connie Francis Oldies Music Lyrics" that you rarely hear played on the radio. A true vinyl record memories classic.

Connie Francis Oldies Music Lyrics
Frankie - #9 song in 1959
Written by Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield
Recorded by Connie Francis

Frankie, wherever you are...I love you

Though you've found a new love, I still miss you so
I just can't forget you, but you'll never know
Frankie, my darling...I'll never let you see me cry

Once I was your I'm just a friend
Once you really loved I just pretend
Frankie, my darling...I'll never let you see me cry

Oh, Frankie..I'd rather hide these teardrops...deep down inside...I'm crying, but you'll never see...I'd rather cry than have you pity me

Though my nights are lonely...since we've been apart
I'll always keep this secret...deep within my heart
Frankie, my darling...I'll never let you see me cry

Frankie, wherever you are...I love you

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