Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! [Bonus Tracks]

Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! [Bonus Tracks]

by Rosemary ClooneyRosemary Clooney
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Vocalist Rosemary Clooney again teams up with arranger Nelson Riddle on this 1960 release. Although they had worked on Clooney's radio show a decade earlier, Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle! (1960) is only one of two full-length studio outings the pair embarked upon. As the singer would later disclose, she and Riddle were dancing to a tune of their own, and their affair ultimately dissolved both marriages. All the more interesting are Riddle's comments on the back of the LP jacket that in part proclaim "Rosie and I are not exactly strangers" and the postscript that reads "Rosie, you are not the first to solve wife and kids did it years ago!" That said, in the early '90s Clooney revealed that Riddle remained "the love of [her] life." Their respective affections definitely rubbed off within these grooves and the results are uniformly excellent on the dozen strong interpretations of familiar pop standards gleaned from the songbooks of Lerner & Loewe ("Get Me to the Church On Time"), Rodgers & Hart ("You Took Advantage of Me"), Hoagy Carmichael ("I Get Along Without You Very Well"), and others. The Vernon Duke co-compositions "April in Paris" and "Cabin in the Sky" are exemplary examples of the dynamic duo at its peak. Both are driven at a pulse-quickening tempo, as is the spirited "I Ain't Got Nobody," which is earmarked by Riddle's compact horn score and Clooney's freewheeling lead. In 2004 the title was reissued in Bluebird Jazz's First Editions series and the contents were extended with the 1961 non-LP Clooney/Riddle single coupling Cole Porter's "Without Love" b/w "The Wonderful Season of Love (Theme from Return to Peyton Place)." The latter was ironically derived from a motion picture directed by Clooney's then-hubby, José Ferrer. Within the 16 pages of liner notes is an essay penned by Riddle biographer Peter J. Levinson, and the text surrounds a handful of rarely published snapshots taken during the creation of the long-player.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766009927
catalogNumber: 60099
Rank: 83128

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Abe Most   Saxophone
Bob Bain   Guitar
Joe Comfort   Bass,Bass Guitar
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Harry Klee   Saxophone
Joe Koch   Saxophone
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
George Roberts   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Frank Emilio Flynn   Drums
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Bill Miller   Piano
Frank Lynn   Drums

Technical Credits

Franz Waxman   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Barry Feldman   Reissue Producer
Roger Graham   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Peter Levinson   Liner Notes
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Jack King   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Nora Bayes   Composer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Jules Cassard   Composer
Dudley Mecum   Composer
Philip Braham   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Henry Brunies   Composer
Dick Peirce   Producer,Audio Production
Dave Peyton   Composer

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