Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Connie Francis Sing Jewish Favorites

Oy vey.

"Connie Francis sings Jewish Favorites is a studio album of Jewish songs recorded by U. S. Entertainer Connie Francis.  After the success of her 1959 album Connie Francis sings Italian Favorites (which remained on the album charts for 81 weeks and peaked at # 4), Francis decided to release more albums which appealed to immigrants in the United States.  In July 1960, Francis was in Hollywood for the interior shots of her first motion picture Where The Boys Are which made it impossible for her to record the album during live sessions at EMI's famous Abbey Road Studios in London as she had done with Connie Francis sings Italian Favorites.  Hence, the playbacks to these songs were pre-recorded in London under the supervision of Francis' British producer Norman Newell and were conducted by Brian Fahey.  The tapes containing these playbacks were shipped to Hollywood where Francis overdubbed her vocals.   According to Ron Roberts, all the recording dates and titles included in the 1975 edition of his series of Connie Francis discographies were faithful copies of sessions logs compiled at the time by Connie herself.  The entire Jewish album was recorded at EMI's Abbey Road studios, together with her preceding release, "Connie Francis Sings Spanish & Latin American Favorites", and subsequent album "More Italian Favorites".  It was the latter album that could not be completed during the July sessions, and final tracks by Connie were cut in September 1960.  Francis, who had grown up in an Italian-Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, spoke Yiddish fluently and was familiar with songs in Hebrew which prompted her to record the songs either entirely in Yiddish or Hebrew or bilingual with a few lines sung in English.  The album was originally released in October 1960 under the catalogue numbers E-3869 (mono pressings) and SE-3869 (stereo) [shown above] on MGM Records. The album consisted of 12 songs, although 13 playbacks had been produced.  But conflicts with Francis' busy schedule of filming, recording for other markets and public appearances had led to the fact that she did not overdub vocals for her rendition of Eli, Eli.  According to Ron Roberts, Connie did record Eli Eli in London during the Jewish album sessions and it had not been deferred because of other schedules. The backing track to this and several tapes of Connie's London sessions were discovered in the EMI vaults when the MGM Records label was taken over by Polydor. Connie eventually utilized the backing track in 1983 when she recorded a new vocal.


  1. Name that tune --

    Vu der yingls are, emetser waits oyf mir...

  2. Replies
    1. It's a poor translation, but if you know Connie's #1 hit, it's the first line...


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