Do you know which song DISCoveries was talking about in the last
part of this interview? Read on....
CONNIE: Yes, because that was the first time. I wanted to kill Tequila by the Champs, because it kept getting in the way of Who's Sorry Now. And My Happiness stalled at No.2 because of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, by Tony Williams and the Platters. That one kept me out of No.1 for about two weeks in 1958.
DISC: Is there a story about Jealous Of You?
Here's what happened regarding Jealous Of You. With Everybody's
Somebody's Fool I knew going in that it was a No.1 song. I knew
that even before the recording session, I really did just because the lyrics
were so great. It had to be a hit because everything like it was.
The only music that doesn't seem to change much is
country music. Take Tennessee Waltz, if it were recorded for
the country market today for the first time, it would still be a huge hit.
Bye Love would also be a hit. All the pre-'57 songs, because
what was rock and roll? It was a combination of country and black
music. When those two giant forces blended, we got rock and roll.
But, about Jealous Of You, when my father found the song down at
Melody Mike's, in the old Italian neighborhood in Neward where I grew up,
he thought, "My kid, Connie, she wouldn't know a hit if she ran over it
with a truck. It it's an Italian song, forget about it. She
won't do another Italian song." This was after Mama.
telling her she has to have a follow-up to Mama for the jukeboxes."
So he listens to Jealous Of You at Melody Mike's, then brings the record home, and he says, "Here, Connie, throw this on the other side of that country thing you're doing. You need a follow-up to Mama and you need a song that's going to make it in all the metropolitan areas where the Italians are." Of course that's exactly what happened. Jealous Of You didn't mean anything in Omaha, but it was No.1 in parts of New York.
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