The Rosemary Clooney Show: Songs from the Classic Television Show

The Rosemary Clooney Show: Songs from the Classic Television Show

by Rosemary ClooneyRosemary Clooney


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Long after their favorite singers have passed, vocal fans still have many avenues to hear new (to them) recordings from the peak era of vocal jazz. Alternate takes aside, radio transcriptions and broadcast programs are the two usually plundered for reissue. While most are hastily packaged and terribly mastered, the best of them occur in settings that are artistically advanced compared to the artist's usual studio sides. (Vocalists, like all other musicians, used opportunities like these to experiment and play around with ideas that would only later become fully fledged releases.) The Rosemary Clooney Show, a compilation from Concord, is one of the most valuable releases on an underrated artist that's ever been seen. It features 26 recordings from 1956, when Clooney's TV program -- basically self-produced -- featured the singer backed by Nelson Riddle, the prime arranger/conductor of the era, and the Hi-Lo's, the best vocal chorus in action. (Due to frequent label conflicts, Riddle and Clooney recorded together elsewhere much less frequently.) Michael Feinstein, the disc's producer, found the tapes in Clooney's home, played them for her well before her death, and earned her approval for a release -- which dismisses the lingering suspicion that these performances wouldn't have appeared during her lifetime. The music is sparkling and betrays no elements of its catch-all sources; in fact, most of these songs were recorded well before broadcast. Except for the brevity of most of these selections, these could easily have been released as a studio LP. Rarely allowed to record what she wished at Columbia, Clooney stretched out on her television show and appealed to older audiences with the standards she loved to sing; here, after getting a pair of novelties out of the way, she sprints joyously through two dozen standards. Among the highlights are a modernist version of "How About You" recorded with Bob Morse and the Hi-Lo's, and the balladry of "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day." Imagine if two of Clooney's finest LPs were shelved immediately after recording ended and only released 50 years after the fact; that's the impact of The Rosemary Clooney Show on her artistic legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431223825
catalogNumber: 2238

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist
Hi-Lo's   Vocals,Group
Clark Burroughs   Group Member
Gene Puerling   Group Member
Bob Morse   Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
William Saroyan   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
George Whiting   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Allen Sviridoff   Executive Producer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
John Blackburn   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Eddie Stanley   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Luigi Astore   Composer
Ricardo Morbelli   Composer

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The Rosemary Clooney Show: Songs from the Classic Television Show 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been hesitant to purchase this CD outright, but finally did. What was I waiting for? This will probably become my all time favorite Rosie album of her 50s sound, as I've been playing it for two solid days. Her 1956 series was out two years prior to my first appearance in this world. Growing very fond of Rosemary's voice through the years, due to my parents being fans, and annual visits to WHITE CHRISTMAS on TV, I am glad that these series tracks have made it to CD in such great sound. Despite Feinstein's disclaimer, the sound is superb. After hearing Rosie's version of MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT, we now have a definitive version. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are spectacular. These songs in this format are so long overdue for Rosie fans, and I hope it is so successful that a Volume 2 will follow, especially if there were 39 total shows. These 26 tracks may represent the best, but there's gotta be more. As an opening theme was used with TENDERLY, I wonder if there was a closing theme as well? I've only seen varied clips from this show a long time ago, but glad that the songs are now here on CD. Marvelous!