Who’s Sorry Now? is the first studio album recorded by U. S. Entertainer Connie Francis.
By 1957, none of Connie Francis’ first nine solo singles had charted. Her duet single with Marvin Rainwater, “The Majesty Of Love”, b/w “You, my Darlin’ You” had only been a minor hit, peaking at # 93 (though it sold over one million copies). As a result of these failures, the managers at MGM Records had decided not to renew her contract after the last scheduled single release.
During what was supposed to be her last recording session for MGM Records in October 1957, Francis recorded a cover version of the song “Who’s Sorry Now?”. For quite some time, Francis’ father, George Franconero, Sr., had wanted his daughter to record this song with a contemporary arrangement, but the discussion had become heated and Francis had refused to record it, considering the song old fashioned and corny. Her father persisted and Francis agreed.
As her father had predicted, “Who’s Sorry Now?”, released as MGM Records Single K 12588, became a huge hit. With this success, MGM Records renewed the contract with Francis. The recording sessions for a new album, which would include the breakthrough hit, began in March 1958 and were completed in April 1958.
The album’s formula is clearly inspired by the arrangement of its title song: Choose Standards from the time between the 1910s and 1940s, but present them in a contemporary arrangement. To give the album some diversity in music styles, there were two exceptions: “My Melancholy Baby” and “How Deep is the Ocean,” which featured grand orchestra arrangements. When the album was released in May 1958, it failed to chart. The album was re-packaged with a new cover design and re-released in March 1962. (by wikipedia)
The music for the brilliant song Who’s Sorry Now? was written by Ted Snyder with lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, and published in 1923. Snyder (1881-1965) gave Irving Berlin his start in the music business by hiring him in 1909 as a song plugger for his publishing company, as I wrote here. Kalmar (1884-1947) ran away from his home in New York at the age of ten and worked in a travelling tent show as a magician. He performed in vaudeville mainly as a comedian and began writing material for his own and other performers. He did not have much success until he met Ruby and they began working together. Ruby (1895-1959), also from New York, failed at his early ambition to become a professional baseball player. He then toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist. Kalmar and Ruby were a successful songwriting team for nearly three decades.
Who’s Sorry Now? was featured in the 1946 Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca, but was best known as a hit for Connie Francis. She had released nine records which all flopped when she went into the studio in October 1957 for the last session in her ten-record contract with MGM. Her father wanted her to record Who’s Sorry Now? but she didn’t like the song, and deliberately took so long at the session with other numbers that there was almost no time left. She recorded Who’s Sorry Now? with just a few seconds to spare on the tape. In April 1958, it reached No 4 in the US and No 1 in Britain. (am-records.com)
Connie Francis (vocals)
Joe Lipman Orchstra
01. Who’s Sorry Now (Snyder/Kalmar/Ruby) 2.20
02. I’m Nobody’s Baby (Davis/Ager/Santly) 2.24
03. It’s The Talk Of The Town (Livingston/Neiburg/Symes) 2.55
04. I Miss You So (Henderson/Robin/Scott) 2.35
05. I Cried For You (Arnheim/Freed/Lyman) 2.59
06. Heartaches (Hoffman/Klenner) 2.34
07. I’m Beginning To See The Light (Ellington/Hodges/James/George) 2.41
08. My Melancholy Baby (Burnett/Norton) 3.54
09. You Always Hurt The One You Love (Fisher/Roberts) 2.26
10. How Deep Is The Ocean (Berlin) 2.25
11. If I Had You (King/Shapiro) 2.48
12. I’ll Get By (Ahlert/Turk) 2.48
13. Too Young (Dee/Lippman) 2.56
14. That´s My Desire (Kressa/Loveday) 3.22
15. April Love (Webster/Fain) 3.57
(taken from the Connie Francis album “One For The Boys” (1959)