Big Break

April 29, 2020

My Big Break (Part 5)

The first three songs I ever wrote were on Connie's Hits Albums throughout the world. "Too Many Rules", "It's Gonna Take Me Some Time" & "V A C A T I O N".
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April 28, 2020

My Big Break (Part 4)

I don't remember ever seeing a recording with one name on the label as a composer and another name (of the same person) as the artist. Well, in 1961, it happened.
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April 27, 2020

My Big Break (Part 3)

Don Stirling (Petolino) was a very religious man. I remember trying to write a section of the lyric, with all my "Heart & Soul". Don was very much against the word, "Soul".
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April 26, 2020

My Big Break (Part 2)

After being asked to join Connie's company, I arrived back home to tell my parents what had transpired with Don Stirling that afternoon. I told them that I met Connie Francis...
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April 25, 2020

My Big Break (Part One)

I was, first, a performer, then, by a quirk of fate, I became a songwriter. It happened when I quit my job at the New York Stock Exchange in the fall of 1960.
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