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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rosemary Clooney launched a solo career on the eventual Sony-owned Columbia Records label in 1950 after splitting with her sister Betty and the Tony Pastor Orchestra, and she racked up a series of hits before departing for RCA Victor in 1957, at which time her commercial success declined. 16 Biggest Hits contains 11 of her 16 biggest hits from this period, including her four number one singles, "Come on-a My House," "Half as Much," "Hey There," and "This Ole House." The five missing titles are the Top Ten hits "Beautiful Brown Eyes" and "The Night Before Christmas Song," the Top 20 hits "Be My Life's Companion" and "Too Old to Cut the Mustard," and the Top 40 hit "I'm ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rosemary Clooney launched a solo career on the eventual Sony-owned Columbia Records label in 1950 after splitting with her sister Betty and the Tony Pastor Orchestra, and she racked up a series of hits before departing for RCA Victor in 1957, at which time her commercial success declined. 16 Biggest Hits contains 11 of her 16 biggest hits from this period, including her four number one singles, "Come on-a My House," "Half as Much," "Hey There," and "This Ole House." The five missing titles are the Top Ten hits "Beautiful Brown Eyes" and "The Night Before Christmas Song," the Top 20 hits "Be My Life's Companion" and "Too Old to Cut the Mustard," and the Top 40 hit "I'm Waiting Just for You." In their place, the compilers have substituted "Sisters," a duet between Clooney and her sister on an Irving Berlin song from her film White Christmas that was a Top 40 hit; "The House of Singing Bamboo," a duet with Guy Mitchell; "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," an Academy Award-winning song, on which Clooney is accompanied by Harry James and His Orchestra; "Sophisticated Lady" from Blue Rose, Clooney's album with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; and a version of Cole Porter's "From This Moment On" that has not been released previously in the U.S. These are not unreasonable alternates to the missing songs, and 16 Biggest Hits manages a good balance between Clooney's popular novelty material and her more impressive ballad performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646355329
  • Catalog Number: 63553
  • Sales rank: 19,026

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist, Vocals
Percy Faith Conductor
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Saxophone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Ray Nance Trumpet
Sal Salvador Guitar
Willie Cook Trumpet
Jimmy Woode Bass
Stan Freeman Harpsichord
Buddy Cole Conductor
Russell Procope Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Harry Carney Saxophone
Frank Carroll Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Frank Comstock Conductor
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Duke Ellington Piano
Jimmy Hamilton Saxophone
John Sanders Trombone
Terry Snyder Drums
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Sam Woodyard Drums
Technical Credits
Percy Faith Arranger
Neil Young Composer
Frank Comstock Arranger
Curley Williams Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Jimmy Carroll Arranger
Sid Wayne Composer
Eddie Stanley Composer
Dale Libby Composer
Luigi Astore Composer
Ricardo Morbelli Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Rosemary Clooney!!

    So many classics - Mambo Italiano, Come On-A-My House, This Ole House, In The Cool-Cool-Cool Of The Evening and so on. She was the greatest female singer of the 1950's and her legend lives on thanks to collections like this.

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