"When the legends die, the dreams end, there is no more greatness"
Concetta Rosemarie Franconero (Connie Francis) is the best female vocalist of all time. (In my opinion) She has 34 hits that made the top 40 on the charts including two #1 hits-"Everybody is somebody's fool", and "Don't break the heart that loves you".
I have been in love with her since 1958 and waited a life time to see her and hear "Where the Boys Are"
The Fort was packed with a crowd of over 5,000. Connie was awesome! She went non-stop for two hours. Her voice is not quite as strong as years past but every bit as beautiful.
She ended with "God Bless America" just as she had ended her concert for our troops in Viet Nam in 1967.
Despite all her success, Connie has led a tragic life. I have the ultimate respect for her. I admire her resilience. God Bless Connie Francis. She is still America's Sweetheart.
Marlene, Frank Parrella and Gerry at the Connie Francis Concert at Fort McDowell. Frank is a retired Air Force Colonel and a great American. He likes those Italian girls from Jersey.
On Sunday night we caught David Gates & Bread at the best place in the world to see a concert -The Celebrity Theatre.
This was another Celebrity up close, personal concert-mellow and refined.
Bread was formed in LA in 1969. David Gates has been their leader and wrote, produced and arranged all their songs.
They opened with "Make it with you" (#1 in 70) and Closed with "IF' (#4 in 71)
Gerry confided that hearing "Lost without your love" was her best concert moment ever. That is saying a lot since she has hundreds of concerts under her belt including the Beatles at Candlestick in 65.
The House was packed with a very loyal and appreciative crowd. David Gates appeared to be a down home type of guy (from Tulsa Oklahoma) and was quite endearing.
He went through all their hits-- "It don't matter to me", Baby I'm a Want You", "Everything I Own", "Diary", "Sweet Surrender, "Aubrey", and "The Goodbye Girl" and a number of other high quality David Gate's compositions.
Bread had 10 hits that were in the top 15 on the charts. They are an important piece of Rock & Roll history.
That's it-Concerts #460 & #461 marching towards the legendary 500.
El Lobo H. Grande