Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

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by Bette Midler
     
 

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Bette Midler and Barry Manilow -- contemporary musical legends touched by the personal warmth and grand vocal artistry of the late Rosemary Clooney -- have come together to pay homage to one of the greatest and most beloved American singers. Although he does sing on one of the album’s tracks (“A Slow Boat to China”), Manilow mainly sticks to behind-the-scenes roles as… See more details below

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Bette Midler and Barry Manilow -- contemporary musical legends touched by the personal warmth and grand vocal artistry of the late Rosemary Clooney -- have come together to pay homage to one of the greatest and most beloved American singers. Although he does sing on one of the album’s tracks (“A Slow Boat to China”), Manilow mainly sticks to behind-the-scenes roles as producer and arranger; the spotlight remains on Midler’s still strong, spunky, and affecting vocals. Clooney put her stamp on some endearing and enduring material over the years, and here Midler turns her sights on such signature numbers as the touching ballads “Hey There,” and “Tenderly,” as well as the humorous hits “Come On-a My House” and “Mambo Italiano.” (Linda Ronstadt has fun dueting with Midler on “Sisters”). As heartfelt as it is well executed, this pleasurable tribute reflects well on Midler, Manilow, and the absent lady of the hour, Rosemary Clooney.

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Cabaret icon Bette Midler reunites with her old piano partner Barry Manilow for the first time in over 30 years to toast one of their mutual idols on Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. Clooney was one of the top jazz/pop vocalists of the '50s whose clear, bright tone, impeccable melodicism, and smiling, girl-next-door image came together to make classics out of tunes like "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" and "Hey There" -- both covered here. In that tradition, Midler's plucky blonde persona and genre-crossing style and Manilow's modern day blend of Mercer and Porter make this album work -- most of the time. Mostly what you get is the Divine Miss M and "Mister Manila," as Midler affectionately refers to Manilow, returning to their '70s New York roots on "On a Slow Boat to China," a solid and classy version of "Sisters" with Linda Ronstadt taking the Betty Clooney role, and a very Dixie Chicks-esque contemporary bluegrass reworking of "This Ole House." Least of all, you get limp, hip-hop-lite arrangements of "Come On-A My House" and "Mambo Italiano," which only serve to drain the songs of any swing and makes the twee-period lyrics all the more cloying. Nonetheless, Midler -- who can carry a tune on personality alone -- sounds elegant and alive here and Manilow's classy orchestral arrangements frame the proceedings with the urbane glow of nostalgia for a time -- be it the '50s or the '70s -- when a big band, a great song, and blonde with a nice voice were all you needed for a good time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969035023
catalogNumber:
90350

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist
Barry Manilow   Piano
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Jim Walker   Flute
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Richard Todd   French Horn
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Phil Ayling   Oboe
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Robbie Buchanan   Bass,Piano,Celeste,Drums,Keyboards
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Brian Dembow   Viola
George Doering   Guitar
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Rick Gerding   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin,Concert Master
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Dane Little   Cello
Charles Loper   Trombone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Stan "Be Bop" Martin   Trumpet
Bruce Morgenthaler   Double Bass
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Dean Parks   Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Banjo
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Katia Popov   Violin
Karie Prescott   Viola
Mark Robertson   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Bob Shepard   Saxophone
Hans Staymer   Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
David Steele   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Kevan Torfeh   Cello
Randy Waldman   Piano,Harpsichord
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gregg Field   Drums
Gayle Levant   Harp
Kenny Blackwell   Mandolin
Claire Martin   Violin
Brian Scanlon   Saxophone
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Steve Welch   Piano
Donald Williams   Mallets
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Jeanne Evans   Violin
Beverly Dahlke-Smith   Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Darrin McCann   Viola
Antony Cooke   Cello
Gregory Lee   Violin
John A. Reynolds   French Horn
Warren Stanyer   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Berg   Viola
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Andrew Schulman   Cello
Beverley Staunton   Background Vocals
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Nico Abandolo   Double Bass
Eric J. Hosler   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Sungil Lee   Violin
Shanti Randall   Viola
Josephina Abandolo   Violin
Robin Olsen   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Cello
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
David H. Speltz   Cello
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Barry Manilow   Arranger,Producer,Concept
Eubie Blake   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
William Saroyan   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Ray Ellis   Arranger
M. Gordon   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Michael O'Neill   Cover Photo

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