Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney

Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney

By: Ken Crossland (author), Malcolm Macfarlane (author)Hardback

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Heralded by Tony Bennett as "the Madonna of the 1950s," Rosemary Clooney first came to national prominence when, guided by record producer Mitch Miller, she topped the Hit Parade with songs such as "Come On-a My House" and "Half As Much". Today, the name "Clooney" is synonymous with superstardom, with George Clooney, her nephew, fittingly regarded as one of Hollywood's most notable aristocrats. Few realize, however, that it was originally Rosemary's hit records that brought the surname to achieve worldwide fame and which ultimately landed her a starring role in the immortal "White Christmas", alongside Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen. By the time the Sixties arrived however, personal turmoil, fueled by an addiction to prescription medication, almost destroyed her life and her career. Rosemary endured a long period of mental therapy before she was able to resume her singing career in the early 1970s. Few expected her to be anything more than a nostalgia baroness. Rosemary had other ideas. Stimulated by a series of concerts alongside her friend and mentor, Bing Crosby, Rosemary found a new medium in the midst of America's finest jazz musicians, building a second career and with it, a reputation one of - some would say, the - finest interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Late Life Jazz is the story of the rise, fall and rise again of Clooney the First, Aunt Rose, a singer par excellence.

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Ken & Malcolm share a passion for the Great American Songbook and its finest interpreters. They have worked together in the International Club Crosby for over 20 years, with first Ken, and then since 1992, Malcolm discharging the role of editor of the club's thrice-yearly publication, BING!. They published "Perry Como: A Biography and Complete Career Record" as joint authors in 2009 and had previously written independent works on British singer, Michael Holliday (Ken) and Bing Crosby (Malcolm).


Contents ; Foreword ; Introduction ; 1. Kentucky, Sure As You're Born ; 2. The Clooney Sisters ; 3. Come-On a My House ; 4. "A Dame Called Rosemary Clooney" ; 5. A Home in the Hills ; 6. Blue Rose ; 7. Fancy Meeting You Here ; 8. Solving the Riddle ; 9. Road to Reno ; 10. "All of us, a little nuts" ; 11. Back with Der Bingle ; 12. 4 Girls 4 ; 13. All That Jazz ; 14. Rainbow and Stars ; 15. Get Me to the Church on Time ; 16. When October goes ; Appendix A - Rosemary Clooney on Record ; Appendix B - Rosemary Clooney on Television ; Appendix C - Rosemary Clooney: A Selective Chronology ; Acknowledgements ; Bibliography ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/08/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199798575
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780199798575
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 0199798575

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