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Updated February 13, 2015


Neil Sedaka gets Connie Francis Lifetime Achievement AwardNeil Sedaka gets Connie Francis Lifetime Achievement Award

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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.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article9922364.html#storylink=cpy


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article9922364.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article9922364.html#storylink=cpySedaka, 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.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article9922364.html#storylink=cpy
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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.
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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 near Hollywood.


Update:
Posted by Admin for Connie -February 6, 2015: "Hi Everyone! I don't want you all to fear that I'm dying down here in Florida! I'm still breathing and I'd be attending the Al Jolson event this Sunday if I were able to...but I'm under the doctor's orders to stay in bed for a week (alone!) I took a bad fall the other day (February 4, 2015) while carrying packages, landing on my back. Then yesterday, while trying to maneuver the maze of books on the floor in my bedroom, I took another spill landing face down. Believe it or not, I broke my nose, I have a concussion and I have to stay in bed with complete rest being a priority. Can it get worse? Yesterday I was depressed and miserable. Today I'm just miserable LOL! Well, please believe me when I tell you I'm fine...just really sore.
Love you all, Connie

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Connie To Receive
Al Jolson Humanitarian Award!
Weston Philharmonic Society
Presents an Outstanding Musical Presentation featuring the Star of Film and Television the legendary
CONNIE FRANCIS
February 8, 2015
star of film and television the legendary Connie Francis will receive the Al Jolson Humanitarian Award to honor the work she has done throughout her life to promote music in the lives of all ages.  Connie is best known for starring in "Where The Boys Are" and recording hits such as "Stupid Cupid" and "Who's Sorry Now" and she's famous for her rendetion of "Mama".  Frank Loconto
will MC this Outstanding Musical Presentation.  The great Las Vegas performer and impersonator Tony Ferretti will be singing.  Venezuela's own Sergio Salani, who opened the season of the Symphony of the Americas with his beautiful performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" and Sergio' father Giulio Salani the #1 performer of Venezuela will join his son in song!  Also performing will
be Frank Sinatra's pianist Sammy Lee, who will play an incredible version of "West Side Story".  To conclude this magnificent event Frank Loconto and Victoria Jolson will perform the duet from "Phantom of the Opera". Frrank recorded the #1 hit "Marianne", and Victoria, a former Rockette has performed solo at both Carnegie Recital Hall and for NRH Queen Elizabeth II at her Silver Jubilee.

Ticket prices are $40.00 for Weston Philharmonic Society members; $50.00 for non-members, and $65.00 for VIP (reserved seating)
Tickets go on sale January 8, 2015 at the two following locations:
Community Bank of Broward (1504 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33326 Ph: (954) 888-9989)
Weston Community Center (20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL 33327 - in Regional Park - Ph: (954) 389-4321

Dr. Joseph Pomerantz and Joy Rodenberg will be receiving the esteemed Platinum Circle Award for their contributions to Music and the Arts in Weston.

Wines and cheeses will be available as well as a silent auction to support the In School Music education and Scholarships in
Weston Schools



Neil SedakaNeil Sedaka to Be Honored By Footlighters Club...
"Entertainer of the Year" ~ Neil will be honored with the Connie Francis Lifetime Achievement Award
 February 12, 2015...presented by Connie Francis

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The Footlighters Club of Florida will stage an all-star tribute to Neil Sedaka as "Entertainer of the Year".  He will receive
The Connie Francis Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Connie on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12 noon at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.  This is open to the public.
Among the show-biz celebrities to appear are (in alphabetical order) Rod Alexander, Ann Anello, Jay Black (formerly of Jay & The Americans), Dick Capri, Pat Cooper, Joni James, Ben E. King, Trini Lopez, The Platters, Gianni Russo, plus some special surprises.
The event is produced by Errol Dante, musical director Mark Friedman, and talent coordinator Stanley Seidenberg.

This is a fundraiser for struggling performers.  The number to call for tickets is (305) 651-3823.  Tickets are $75.00 for members, $100.00 for  non-members, $150.00 for golden circle, $200.00 for platinum circle.
Dining choices will be chicken or salmon.
Press room next to grand ballroom will be open at 11:00 am for interviews.




Connie Francis, Alan Alda, and Joe Montegna joined to host the Homeward Bound Telethon for US Veterans


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 endured a dark period in which she required mental health care, is focusing on victims of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the high rate of military suicides. She said she wants to erase the stigma of mental illness for those who have served as well as civilians.


Connie's Label
Connie's New Single, "A Soldier Died Today" is now available on Connie's own label!
The official version has now been uploaded to iTunes. Here's the direct link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-soldier-died-today-ep/id726327701
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You can also order it and get more info at
http://www.conniefrancis.com/#!asdt/c1p8s


Update - the new season for Connie's weekly radio show begins on September 5th 2014 on Baltimore Net Radio. And...the great news is that Ron Roberts will be joining Diane to give you the inside scoop on Concetta Records.
Don't miss it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6T5IQyC1eU



Gordon Stoker dies at age 88


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.


COMING TO BROADWAY!!

Keep checking for dates!



"Among My Souvenirs"
The Real Story

Connie's second book, "Among My Souvenirs" 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

PreOrder Your Copy Here NOW!


"A Visit With Connie Francis"
Weekly Program on Baltimore Net Radio

Weekly Program
"A Visit With Connie Francis"
Thursdays
3:00 - 4:00 pm NYT
with rebroadcasts as per program schedule
  www.baltimorenetradio.com
Call the station to leave a song request or just share a story or a memory about meeting Connie, etc.
(recorded for playback)
Toll-free 877-577-2630 Option 4
or international callers please call
540-288-4001 Option 4
or e-mail: [email protected]

Songs requests and messages will be aired as time permits.
 

Check out Baltimore Net Radio website for Connie's schedule HERE!


2015 Calendar!

Check back periodically for updates!




Connie Francis: Standards Live!
THE STANDARDS LIVE!
CLICK IMAGE TO BUY IT NOW!

Rediscover some of the world's most recognizable tunes with CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS THE STANDARDS LIVE!, a collection of timeless favorites performed live in concert on her American and European tours. From the moment the orchestra strikes the first chord until the last strains of the encore fade, Connie Francis delivers exciting and memorable performances that confirm her status as one of the most renowned vocalists in musical history. Filled with classics such as "The Impossible Dream" and "My Way", as well as a salute to some of Connie's favorite artists such as Frank Sinatra, and a touching rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" as a tribute to her late brother George, STANDARDS LIVE! will become a favorite of Connie Francis fans and American music enthusiasts everywhere.
 



Other Great Releases!


A Little Bit of Country,A Little
          Bit of Rock n Roll cdandHawaii Connie cd andConnie Francis Gold cd andConnie Francis Best Collection cd
"A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit of Rock 'N' Roll" contains songs from the Buddy Holly recordings, and from Sing Along With Connie Francis, and Japan has released "Hawaii Connie" on CD. You can order these two cd's at
" The Incomparable Connie Francis" Online Store
Japan has also released two additional CDs: their version of "Connie Francis Gold", and yet another addition of the Japanese "Best Selections". You can order "Connie Francis-Gold" and "Connie Francis-Best Selections" directly from the
CDJapan website, CD Universe or Footlight Records .


Italian Favorites on CD
Italian Hits and More Italian Hits cd
"Italian Favorites/More Italian Favorites" has been released on CD. Features 26 tracks. For more information or to purchase,
visit "The Incomparable Connie Francis" Online Store!


 

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