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NEWSUpdated February 13, 2015
Connie Francis, the world's bestselling female recording artist of the 1950s and '60s, greets old pal Neil Sedaka on Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood, where Sedaka received the Connie Francis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sedaka, 75, presented Francis, 76, with a photo of themselves taken a half-century ago, about the time he co-wrote her biggest hit song, Where the Boys Are.
|Connie looking beautiful as ever (even after her latest accident at home, where she broke her nose and hurt her back) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood.|
|Joni James and Connie Francis, two
of pop music's biggest stars in the 1950's and
60's, at the Neil Sedaka tribute February 12,
2015, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Connie Francis, Alan Alda and Joe Montegna joined forces to help raise money for veterans suffering the wounds of war.
The trio hosted the Homeward Bound telethon to benefit victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The four-hour event, aired on the Military Channel, is a fundraiser for several charities.
“This is a 45-year-old dream for me,” said Francis, who entertained troops during the Vietnam War. A telethon was needed then but the social climate wasn’t receptive to aiding veterans, the singer-actress said.
Money raised by the telethon was donated to charities that provide services and support to servicemen and women and their family members coping with war’s aftermath, including the American Red Cross and Wounded Warrior Project, telethon organizers said. Gary Smith, whose credits include the Tony and Emmy Awards ceremonies, was the executive producer.
Francis, who said she
a dark period in which she required mental health care, is
victims of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the
high rate of military
suicides. She said she wants to erase the stigma of mental
those who have served as well as civilians.
Gordon Stoker (far left), who as part of the vocal group the Jordanaires sang backup on hits by Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, George Jones and countless others, died Wednesday morning, March 27, 2013 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was 88.
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"Among My Souvenirs"
The Real Story
Connie's second book, "Among My
is in it's final stage.
“It’s much better than the first book. It’s more honest and more focused.,” she says. “I wrote the first book on the run, doing bits and pieces in airports and green rooms. This time I was really able to concentrate.”
The 11-month project also benefited from the singer’s secretary having kept highly detailed notes on appearances, meetings and other data from around 1958 to 1982. “It’s amazing! I could never have done this book without her,” she says.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/among-connie-francis039-souvenirs
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