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I Wished on the Moon and The Jitterbug Waltz - Celebrating Rosemary Clooney and Fats Waller

Read "I Wished on the Moon and The Jitterbug Waltz - Celebrating Rosemary Clooney and Fats Waller" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Memorial Day weekend broadcast included new releases from trumpeter Carl Saunders, guitarist Henry Robinett, vocalist Leslie Beukelman, pianist Carolina Calvache, groups DreamRoot and Ajoyo, plus birthday shoutouts to Rosemary Clooney (pictured), Jackie Cain, Fats Waller and Bob Dylan. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music in this time of lockdown. Playlist Carl Saunders “Pick Yourself Up" from Jazz Trumpet (Summit) 00:00 Rosemary Clooney “I Wished on the Moon" from From ...

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Album Review

Rosemary Clooney: Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle

Read "Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle" reviewed by David Rickert


Rosemary Clooney declared her love affair with Nelson Riddle “the best blending of my job and my personal life that I've ever had." While it ended their respective marriages, it also resulted in some excellent music. Riddle will be familiar to most as the guy who orchestrated the great Sinatra records for Capitol; that is, if he's familiar at all. Suffice it to say that he was one of the greatest arrangers of all time, creating backgrounds ...

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Album Review

Rosemary Clooney: Jazz Singer

Read "Jazz Singer" reviewed by Jim Santella


Columbia’s compilation of vintage Rosemary Clooney gems comes with superb support. Throughout her career, the jazz singer always had that kind of expertise surrounding her. Jazz Singer starts off with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in an excerpt from Blue Rose. Clark Terry, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton rip off delightful solos to complement the buoyant singer. Then, from Tenderly, Clooney sings a soothing ballad: one of her most welcomed trademarks. The sound of her voice and the balance from supporting ...

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Album Review

Rosemary Clooney: The Last Concert

Read "The Last Concert" reviewed by Jim Santella


In Honolulu, with a huge orchestra honoring her with their lush support, Rosemary Clooney performed for an equally vast audience at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Her latest album, Sentimental Journey, had just been released. Communicating with her audience on several levels, “The Girl Singer” presents songs from her recent album along with a few surprises. Her dialogue with the audience is captured in its entirety, which makes this album quite special. Matt Catingub’s big band and the Honolulu ...

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Album Review

Rosemary Clooney: Sweet Melody

Read "Sweet Melody" reviewed by Jack Bowers


What can I say about Rosemary Clooney that I’ve not said hundreds of times before — that she is one of the most charming and intelligent interpreters of popular song that it has ever been my pleasure to hear and appreciate. These fourteen examples of Rosie’s uncommon artistry, recorded between 1949 and ’56, include four from her own favorite album from that era, on which she is accompanied by the marvelous Duke Ellington Orchestra. The earliest selection, “Oh, You Beautiful ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Let It Snow: Christmas with Rosemary Clooney

Read "Let It Snow: Christmas with Rosemary Clooney" reviewed by Dave Hughes


Here’s a baker’s dozen of previously released Christmas material by Rosemary Clooney, issued on the North Star label. The fine print indicates that this “compilation” is copyright Concord Records. However, this program seems to be 13 of the 21 songs on Clooney’s Concord CD, “White Christmas.” So, naturally, I would recommend choosing the Concord CD in order to get the remaining eight songs.

Packaging concerns aside, if you love Rosie, you’ll love this. All of her stylistic traits are here. ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Let It Snow

Read "Let It Snow" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Released by North Star, this album of Christmas favorites by the fabulous Rosemary Clooney was compiled by Concord Records, presumably from more than one of the many albums she has recorded for that label over the years. Anyone who has read more than a handful of this writer's reviews will be aware of his fondness for Rosie whose distinctive voice and easygoing style have always struck a responsive chord. She is, quite simply, one of the most wonderful pop singers ...


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