Connie Francis was certainly the sweetheart of the Fifties. She was the first female to have two consecutive number ones on the pop chart. The first (just a few numbers back) was “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and then there was “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own.” These were Connie Francis’ first two number one songs, but she would have another in 1962.
The song was written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller, both of which came from the famous Brill Building where rock and roll was born. (at least some say that.) They penned songs for Neil Sedaka and Connie Francis and were working into the Seventies when The Captain & Tennille recorded “Love Will Keep Us Together,” (which they also wrote) a monster hit. “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own.” was recorded in Hollywood over three different sessions.
As described in the article about “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” Connie recorded ten records before she had a hit. MGM was about to fire her, figuring she was a lost cause. So, she brought home several recordings she had done and asked her father which he thought she should release. He listened to all of them and said, they all stink, except this one, and he pointed at “Who’s Sorry Now.” She released that song and it went to number four and Connie Francis was on her way.
“Who’s Sorry Now” might not have been noticed except for the person who ignited so many careers in the Fifties and Sixties, Dick Clark. One day, he decided to play it on American Bandstand and mentioned that this new singer was going right to the top and he was right.
I’ve mentioned that Connie could sing in several different languages. “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own.” was recorded in German. It was called “Mein Herz weiß genau, was es will.” But Connie didn’t feel the accent was right, so they didn’t release the song. It sat on the shelf until 1988 when it was finally released in Germany.
“My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own.” debuted on the pop charts on August 22, 1960 and remained at number one for two weeks.