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Rosemary Clooney (1928)

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Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House" written by William Saroyan and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian , which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me" (a cover version of the Italian song Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina by Alberto Rabagliati), "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House", although she had success as a jazz vocalist. Clooney's career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1974, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business. She continued recording until her death in 2002. She was the aunt of Academy Award winning actor George Clooney.

  Biography  

 early life
Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky, the daughter of Marie Frances and Andrew Joseph Clooney. Her father was of Irish and German descent and her mother was of Irish and English ancestry. She was raised Catholic. When Clooney was fifteen, her mother and brother, Nick, moved to California. She and her sister, Betty, remained with their father. The family resided in the John Brett Richeson House in the late 1940s.

Rosemary, Betty and Nick all became entertainers. In the next generation, some of her children, including Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer, and her nephew, George Clooney, also became respected entertainers. In 1945, the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati, Ohio's radio station WLW as singers. Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Clooney for much of her early career.

 career
Clooney's first recordings, in May 1946, were for Columbia Records. She sang with Tony Pastor's big band. Clooney continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, still for Columbia. In 1951, her record of "Come On-a My House", produced by Mitch Miller, became a hit. It was her first of many singles to hit the charts—despite the fact that Clooney hated the song passionately. She had been told by Columbia Records to record the song, and that she would be in violation of her contract if she did not do so. Around 1952, Rosemary recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich.

In 1954, she starred, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, in the movie White Christmas. She starred, in 1956, in a half-hour syndicated television musical-variety show The Rosemary Clooney Show. The show featured The Hi-Lo's singing group and Nelson Riddle's orchestra. The following year, the show moved to NBC prime time as The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney but only lasted one season. The new show featured the singing group The Modernaires and Frank DeVol's orchestra. In later years, Clooney would often appear with Bing Crosby on television, such as in the 1957 special The Edsel Show, and the two friends made a concert tour of Ireland together. On November 21, 1957, she appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, a frequent entry in the "Top 20" and featuring a musical group called "The Top Twenty." In 1960, Clooney and Crosby co-starred in a 20-minute CBS radio program aired before the midday news each weekday.

Clooney left Columbia Records in 1958, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records and then some for Coral Records. Finally, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963. In 1964, she went to Reprise Records, and in 1965 to Dot Records. She moved to United Artists Records in 1966.

Beginning in 1977, she recorded an album a year for the Concord Jazz record label, which continued until her death. This was in contrast to most of her generation of singers who had long since stopped recording regularly by then. In the late-1970s and early-1980s, Clooney did television commercials for Coronet brand paper towels, during which she sang a memorable jingle that goes, "Extra value is what you get, when you buy Coro-net." James Belushi later parodied Clooney and the commercial while as a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. Clooney sang a duet with Wild Man Fischer on "It's a Hard Business" in 1986, and in 1994 she sang a duet of Green Eyes with Barry Manilow in his 1994 album, Singin' with the Big Bands.

She guest-starred in the NBC television medical drama ER in 1995; she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. On January 27, 1996, Clooney appeared on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio program. She sang "When October Goes" -- lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Barry Manilow (after Mercer's death) -- from Manilow's 1984 album 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, and discussed what an excellent musician Manilow was.

In 1999, Clooney founded the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival, held annually in Maysville, her hometown. She performed at the festival every year until her death. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Russell Theater in Maysville, where Clooney's first film, The Stars are Singing, premiered in 1953.

She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

 personal life
Clooney suffered for much of her life from bipolar disorder. She revealed this and other details of her life in her two autobiographies.

Clooney was married twice to the movie star José Ferrer, who was sixteen years her senior. They were first married from 1953 until 1961 and, despite his open infidelities, again from 1964 to 1967. They had five children: actor Miguel Ferrer , Maria Ferrer , Gabriel Ferrer , Monsita Ferrer , and Rafael Ferrer .

In 1968, her relationship with a young drummer ended after two years, and she became increasingly dependent on pills after a punishing tour.

She joined the presidential campaign of close friend Bobby Kennedy, and heard the shots when he was assassinated on June 5, 1968. A month later she had a nervous breakdown onstage in Reno, Nevada, and was hospitalized. She remained in psychoanalysis therapy for eight years afterwards.

Her sister Betty died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in 1976. She subsequently started a foundation in memory of and named for her sister. During this time she wrote her first autobiography, This for Remembrance: the Autobiography of Rosemary Clooney, an Irish-American Singer, written in collaboration with Raymond Strait and published by Playboy Press in 1977. She chronicled her unhappy early life, her career as a singer, her marriage to Ferrer and mental health problems, concluding with her comeback as a singer and her happiness. Her good friend Bing Crosby wrote the introduction. Katherine Coker adapted the book for Jackie Cooper who produced and directed the television movie, starring Sondra Locke (who lip syncs Clooney's songs), Penelope Milford as Betty and Tony Orlando who plays Jose Ferrer.

Living for many years in Beverly Hills, California, in the house formerly owned by George and Ira Gershwin, in 1980, she purchased a second home on Riverside Drive in Augusta, Kentucky, near Maysville, her childhood hometown.

In 1983, Rosemary and her brother Nick co-chaired the Betty Clooney Foundation for the Brain-Injured, addressing the needs of survivors of cognitive disabilities caused by strokes, tumors and brain damage from trauma or age.

In 1999 Clooney published her second autobiography, Girl Singer: An Autobiography describing her battles with addiction to prescription drugs for depression, and how she lost and then regained a fortune. "I'd call myself a sweet singer with a big band sensibility," she wrote.

Today, the Augusta house offers viewing of collections of her personal items and from many of her films and singing performances. Her Beverly Hills home at 1019 North Roxbury Drive was sold to a developer after her death in 2002 and has been demolished.

She married her longtime friend, a former dancer, Dante DiPaolo in 1997 at St. Patrick's Church in Maysville, Kentucky.

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Name Duration Released
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 03:35 2001
Ya Got Class 02:46 2001
I'm Glad There Is You 03:59 2001
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues 03:51 2001
That Old Black Magic 03:33 2001
I'll Be Around 02:50 2001
You Belong to Me 03:49 2001
I'm the Big Band Singer 02:29 2001
Sentimental Journey 04:06 2001
Happiness is a Thing Called Joe 04:47 2001
They Can't Take That Away from Me 03:55 2001
And the Angels Sing 03:08 2001
The Singer 02:06 2001
You Go to My Head 05:07 2001
Rockin' Chair 04:20 2001
Corcovado 04:26 2000
Let Go 03:07 2000
Brazil 06:52 2000
How Insensitive 02:38 2000
One Note Samba 03:05 2000
A Day in the Life of a Fool 03:19 2000
I Concentrate on You 02:34 2000
Sweet Happy Life 04:58 2000
Desafinado 04:36 2000
Meditation 04:40 2000
Once I Loved 03:56 2000
Wave 03:36 2000
Waters of March (Aguas de Março) 03:14 2000
The Boy from Ipanema 04:04 2000
Dindi 04:14 2000
Look for the Silver Lining 02:54 1997
Baby Mine 04:27 1997
Pick Yourself Up 02:51 1997
That Face 03:06 1997
And I'll Be There 03:56 1997
Always 03:44 1997
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams 03:19 1997
Thank Heaven for Little Girls 03:28 1997
Turn Around 03:13 1997
Look to the Rainbow 02:36 1997
A Child Is Only a Moment 03:39 1997
Maria 03:28 1997
Funny Face 02:51 1997
The Best Gift 02:00 1997
Limehouse Blues 02:31 1996
A Woman Likes to Be Told 03:54 1996
Christmas Love Song 03:29 1996
Count Your Blessings 03:24 1996
It's So Peaceful in the Country 04:09 1996
At Sundown 02:27 1996
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 03:31 1996
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 02:39 1996
The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money) 02:49 1996
Mangos 02:46 1996
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 02:20 1996
The Spirit of Christmas 04:32 1996
Haven't Got a Worry 02:39 1996
I'll Be Home for Christmas 03:31 1996
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 01:02 1996
You're in Kentucky 02:55 1996
Joy to the World 00:42 1996
Christmas Mem'ries 03:51 1996
Sleep Well, Little Children 02:14 1996
The Continental 03:12 1996
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 03:10 1996
Christmas Time Is Here 03:10 1996
Silent Night 01:19 1996
I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) 03:18 1996
The Christmas Song 03:50 1996
Winter Wonderland 02:46 1996
The Christmas Waltz 02:44 1996
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? 03:51 1996
What Is This Thing Called Love? 02:51 1996
The First Noël 00:50 1996
O Little Town of Bethlehem 00:58 1996
Danny Boy 03:07 1995
Sophisticated Lady 03:40 1995
Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It) 02:35 1995
There Will Never Be Another You 03:24 1995
White Christmas 03:16 1995
Time Flies 03:36 1995
Old Friends 04:59 1995
We'll Meet Again 04:15 1995
I Left My Heart in San Francisco 03:50 1995
Heart's Desire 04:06 1995
(I'm) Confessin' 04:31 1995
The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye) 04:09 1995
The Coffee Song 02:47 1995
Mambo Italiano 02:35 1995
Indiana 02:02 1994
Moonlight Mississippi 03:24 1994
Let's Eat Home 02:59 1994
Let's Get Away from It All 04:07 1994
Till We Meet Again 03:04 1994
Rules of the Road 04:25 1994
Still on the Road 04:34 1994
On the Road Again 03:35 1994
Road to Morocco 02:31 1994
How Deep Is the Ocean? 04:11 1994
Take Me Back to Manhattan 05:09 1994
Ol' Man River 01:56 1994
May I Come In? 06:39 1993
As Long as I Live 03:24 1993
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You 03:34 1993
Do You Miss New York? 05:14 1993
I Wish You Love 03:05 1993
I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues 05:57 1993
It's Only a Paper Moon 03:27 1993
A Beautiful Friendship 02:10 1993
Route 66 07:50 1993
Let There Be Love 03:46 1992
Miss Otis Regrets 03:20 1992
Straighten Up and Fly Right 04:57 1992
Autumn in New York 04:50 1992
Of Course It's Crazy 04:56 1992
Sweet Kentucky Ham 03:55 1992
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 02:20 1992
Nice 'n' Easy 03:13 1992
We Fell In Love Anyway 03:12 1992
More Than You Know 03:38 1992
From This Moment On 03:13 1992
Lovers After All 03:44 1992
No Love, No Nothin' 04:00 1991
They're Either Too Young or Too Old 02:14 1991
These Foolish Things 05:58 1991
September Song 04:19 1991
For All We Know 04:06 1991
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To 03:23 1991
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye 04:08 1991
Saturday Night 03:48 1991
I Don't Want to Walk Without You Baby 03:59 1991
(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover 02:29 1991
Don't Fence Me In 04:25 1991
The More I See You 04:40 1991
The Gentleman Is a Dope 06:07 10/1989
Love, Look Away 03:46 10/1989
Yours Sincerely 03:15 10/1989
People Will Say We're in Love 04:55 10/1989
My Romance 04:01 10/1989
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' 02:15 10/1989
Little Girl Blue 04:34 10/1989
The Lady Is a Tramp 05:58 10/1989
You Took Advantage of Me 03:59 10/1989
The Sweetest Sounds 06:22 10/1989
It Might as Well Be Spring 02:54 10/1989
Where Do You Start? 02:58 1988
Come Back to Me 04:59 1988
How Are Things in Glocca Morra? 05:06 1988
Ev'rything I've Got 05:06 1988
I Stayed Too Long at the Fair 04:42 1988
Guys and Dolls 04:43 1988
All the Things You Are 03:44 1988
Manhattan 05:18 1988
I'll See You Again 03:26 1988
I Wish I Were in Love Again 03:07 1988
Taking a Chance on Love 03:28 1988
Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home 05:25 08/1987
P.S. I Love You 02:59 08/1987
Laura 04:47 08/1987
Hooray for Hollywood 03:01 08/1987
Something's Gotta Give 03:21 08/1987
Skylark 03:18 08/1987
G.I. Jive 05:32 08/1987
Dream 05:53 08/1987
When October Goes 04:44 08/1987
I Remember You 03:12 08/1987
Talk to Me Baby 04:21 08/1987
Goody Goody 03:24 08/1987
The Second Time Around 03:13 1986
My Heart Is a Hobo 03:10 1986
I Thought About You 05:11 1986
Love Won't Let You Get Away 04:00 1986
The Last Dance 04:39 1986
Walking Happy 03:06 1986
Call Me Irresponsible 03:30 1986
Imagination 04:05 1986
It Could Happen to You 04:30 1986
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 04:33 1985
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square 03:13 1985
The Shadow of Your Smile 05:28 1985
Here's That Rainy Day 03:41 1985
Thanks for the Memory 05:00 1985
Why Shouldn't I? 04:47 1985
Spring Is Here 03:29 1985
Easy Living 04:26 1985
Days of Wine and Roses 04:04 1985
There's No Business Like Show Business 04:34 1984
I Got Lost in His Arms 03:04 1984
The Best Thing for You 04:25 1984
Cheek to Cheek 05:18 1984
Be Careful, It's My Heart 03:20 1984
It's a Lovely Day Today 03:16 1984
Let's Face the Music and Dance 04:12 1984
What'll I Do 03:02 1984
Better Luck Next Time 04:30 1984
Out of This World 04:56 1983
My Buddy 04:26 1983
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead 03:23 1983
I'm Beginning to See the Light 03:37 1983
Get Happy 03:05 1983
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 05:09 1983
One for My Baby 03:46 1983
You're Gonna Hear from Me 03:40 1983
The Glory of Love 03:34 1983
Stormy Weather 05:41 1983
The Summer Knows 04:47 1983
Let's Take the Long Way Home 03:31 1983
I Believe in Love 04:56 1983
My Shining Hour 03:48 1983
Just One of Those Things 04:07 01/1982
Get Out of Town 03:22 01/1982
I Get a Kick Out of You 03:43 01/1982
My Heart Belongs to Daddy 04:10 01/1982
In the Still of the Night 03:22 01/1982
Anything Goes 03:01 01/1982
You're the Top 03:14 01/1982
it's De-Lovely 03:09 01/1982
I've Got You Under My Skin 03:52 01/1982
Alone at Last 04:57 1980
The Way We Were 05:04 1980
Just the Way You Are 05:11 1980
Tenderly 05:11 1980
Hello, Young Lovers 03:50 1980
Come in from the Rain 04:53 1980
How Long Has This Been Going On? 04:58 10/1979
Nice Work If You Can Get It 02:58 10/1979
But Not for Me 05:47 10/1979
They All Laughed 04:05 10/1979
Long Ago 04:24 10/1979
Strike Up the Band 03:46 10/1979
Love Is Here to Stay 03:48 10/1979
Fascinating Rhythm 02:56 10/1979
I Surrender Dear 04:10 1978
Lover Man 04:32 1978
Blue Skies 03:22 1978
Good Morning Heartache 04:19 1978
Pennies from Heaven 04:20 1978
I Cover the Waterfront 03:35 1978
But Beautiful 04:04 1978
I Wished on the Moon 04:20 1978
Them There Eyes 02:35 1978
Just One More Chance 05:01 1978
God Bless the Child 02:24 1978
Swinging on a Star 03:05 1978
He's Funny That Way 04:38 1978
It's Easy to Remember 04:50 1978
Comes Love 04:46 1978
Where the Blue of the Night 04:29 1978
Don't Explain 04:44 1978
The Hungry Years 04:26 1977
A Foggy Day 02:57 1977
My Little Town 03:55 1977
I Can't Get Started 03:38 1977
All by Myself 05:10 1977
I Cried for You 03:00 1977
Thank You Baby 04:29 1977
Music 04:40 1977
All of Me 05:52 1977
Send in the Clowns 03:47 1977
As Time Goes By 04:02 1977
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover 04:28 1977
Hey There 02:40 1977
You 04:15 1977
I Won't Last a Day Without You 05:20 1977
I've Got a Crush on You 03:23 1977
Storms Never Last 00:00 1976
The Very Thought of Losing You 00:00 1976
When Will I Be Loved? 00:00 1976
When You Got Love 00:00 1976
Roses in the Garden 00:00 1976
Singing the Blues 00:00 1976
Half As Much 00:00 1976
Don't the Good Times 00:00 1976
I'm Not Lisa 00:00 1976
There I've Said It 00:00 1976
'Twas a Sunny Day 00:00 1976
Look My Way 00:00 1976
Hello Faithless 02:19 1964
Thanks for Nothing 03:06 1964
Baby, the Ball Is Over 02:11 1964
A Good Man Is Hard to Find 02:28 1964
Black Coffee 03:43 1964
All Alone 02:27 1964
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 00:00 1963
Find the Way 03:49 1963
Love Has Come My Way 00:00 1963
I Wish It So 04:09 1963
Give Myself a Party 00:00 1963
Invitation 02:50 1963
Just Because 00:00 1963
Beautiful Brown Eyes 00:00 1963
I Really Don't Want to Know 00:00 1963
How's the World Treating You 00:00 1963
If I Forget You 04:31 1963
Any Time 00:00 1963
This Ole House 00:00 1963
It Never Entered My Mind 04:38 1963
If I Can Stay Away Long Enough 00:00 1963
You Started Something 02:32 1963
Please Help Me I'm Falling 00:00 1963
How Will I Remember You 04:20 1963
Mean to Me 03:36 1960
By Myself 02:30 1960
For You 01:56 1960
With the Night 02:59 1960
Hooray for Love 02:26 1960
Some of These Days 02:16 1960
Looking For a Boy 02:13 1960
Too Marvelous for Words 02:10 1960
I Ain't Got Nobody 02:54 1960
With You and Me 02:22 1960
You Got 02:44 1960
April in Paris 02:40 1960
Grieving for You 02:48 1960
Aren't You Glad You're You 02:17 1960
How Am I to Know? 02:51 1960
Always Be in Love 02:24 1960
Give Me the Simple Life 02:33 1960
Bye Bye Blackbird 02:43 1960
I Get Along Without You Very Well 02:44 1960
I Wonder 02:49 1960
Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie! 02:20 1960
Angry 02:25 1960
Cabin in the Sky 02:35 1960
You Ol' Son of a Gun 02:33 1960
Sorry for Myself 02:40 1960
Get Me to the Church on Time 02:14 1960
Shine On, Harvest Moon 02:20 1960
Always Together 02:48 1960
Love Eyes 02:31 1960
In a Little Spanish Town 00:00 1959
Sunday in Savannah 02:31 1959
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' 00:00 1959
Magic Is the Moonlight 00:00 1959
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me 02:49 1959
Cucurrucucu Paloma 00:00 1959
I Only Have Eyes for You 00:00 1959
Too Close for Comfort 02:39 1959
You Do Something to Me 00:00 1959
Like a Woman 00:00 1959
A Touch of the Blues 02:43 1959
Bali Ha'i 00:00 1959
Corazon de Melon 00:00 1959
Sing, You Sinners 02:16 1959
Mack the Knife 00:00 1959
Blue Moon 02:27 1959
Sway 00:00 1959
'Deed I Do 01:49 1959
Together 02:42 1957
Coquette 02:18 1957
I'm in the Mood for Love 03:30 1957
I Could Write a Book 02:00 1957
Love Letters 02:27 1957
Moonlight Becomes You 03:13 1957
Don'cha Go 'Way Mad 02:09 1957
What Is There to Say? 03:21 1957
Solitude 03:54 1957
Passion Flower 04:33 1956
Me and You 02:28 1956
Hey Baby 03:53 1956
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart 02:37 1956
Just in Time 02:52
How About You? 03:04
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning 03:54
I Want to Be a Sideman 04:04
The Gypsy in My Soul 03:40
Everything Happens to Me 04:45
I Got Rhythm 04:08
Old Devil Moon 04:00
It Just Happened to Happen to Me 02:51
Lullaby of Broadway 03:18
Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry 04:19
Willow Weep for Me 04:22
Seems Like Old Times 02:38
Like Someone in Love 03:51
The Man That Got Away 05:51
Sisters 00:00

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