A popular singer of tearful ballads and jaunty up-tempo numbers; one of the most successful artists of the 1950s and '60s. Connie Francis is the prototype for the female pop singer of today. At the height of her chart popularity in the late '50s and early '60s, Francis was unique as a female recording artist, amassing record sales equal to or surpassing those of many of her male contemporaries. Ultimately, she branched into other styles of music – big band, country, ethnic, and more. She still challenges Madonna as the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time.