Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

by Rosemary ClooneyRosemary Clooney

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White Christmas, or, as the songwriter who held sway over the project would have it, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, was the big holiday movie of 1954. (It went on to become the top-grossing film of the year, too.) Normally, that would mean an accompanying "original soundtrack" album of Berlin songs sung by stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney (plus Trudy Stevens, who dubbed the voice of non-singing second female lead Vera-Ellen). Unfortunately, the principals had exclusive recording contracts with rival companies; Crosby and Kaye were with Decca Records, while Clooney was on Columbia. As a result, there were two albums, neither of them a true soundtrack recording. Decca substituted Peggy Lee for Clooney and put out an album of songs from the movie sung by Crosby, Kaye, and Lee. Columbia sent Clooney into the studio to cut a batch of the movie's songs on her own, and that's the disc under consideration here. Happily, it turns out to be one of Clooney's best efforts. She effectively re-creates her two big ballad moments in the film, her solo "Love -- You Didn't Do Right by Me" and "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," done in the movie as a duet with Crosby. She borrows "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing," which had been taken by Kaye. And, best of all, she drags her sister Betty Clooney, once her partner in the Clooney Sisters, out of retirement temporarily to perform the clever "Sisters." Of course, with selections such as the title song and "Snow," the album also functions as a Rosemary Clooney Christmas album. [Real Gone's 2014 reissue contains seven bonus tracks, all taken from radio shows recorded between 1952 and 1957. It's a nice way to round out an already classic Christmas collection.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064003090
catalogNumber: 400309
Rank: 26374

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Red Nichols   Trumpet,Cornet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole   Piano,Conductor
Cy Bernard   Violin,Cello,Viola
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Nick Fatool   Drums
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Robert Guy   Trumpet
Joseph E. Howard   Trombone
Eddie Miller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Phil Stephens   Bass
Milton Thomas   Viola
Don Whitaker   Bass
Nick Pisani   Violin
Murray Cohan   Flute,Oboe,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Freed   Violin,Viola
Betty Clooney   Vocals
Larry Wright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Meyer Oberman   Violin
Warren Baker   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Henry Hill   Violin
Phil Shuken   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Vince Terri   Guitar
David Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Vesley   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Producer
Tom Pickles   Liner Notes
Claire Morales   Reissue Design
James Pierpont   Composer

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