Saturday, May 27, 2023

Film Albums: Connie Francis Sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits

For this month's Film Albums post, we have a gem of an album from MGM Records: Connie Francis Sings Award-Winning Motion Picture Hits. If you like Connie Francis and you like movie music, you will love this album because there is a nice selection of songs spanning the 1920s to the 1950s all of which are well-suited to Connie Francis' powerful voice. 

In 1961, Billboard Music Week surveyed the world of music listeners and Connie Francis was ranked the number one female vocalist in the world since she had Top Ten hits in 14 countries. Her popularity wasn't surprising. Ms. Francis had a beautiful and very versatile voice and she covered just about every musical genre from rock n' roll to country music, lounge, folk, Latin, and, of course, Italian music. But what she did best were "standards", lovely ballads like Moon River and All the Way...both of which are featured on this album. Also included are songs from the films Pinnochio, The Wizard of Oz, and The Days of Wine and Roses which had just earned composer Henry Mancini the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1963, the same year this album was issued. 

Track Listing

Side One:

Days of Wine and Roses

Secret Love


When You Wish Upon a Star

Whatever Will Be Will Be ( Que Sera Sera )

Over the Rainbow

Side Two:

Moon River

Lullaby of Broadway

You'll Never Know

The Last Time I Saw Paris

High Hopes

The Way You Look Tonight

All the Way

Top Music Picks: Moon River, The Last Time I Saw Paris, High Hopes, The Way You Look Tonight

Click here to listen to the album on Youtube. 

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