Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

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by Bette Midler

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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…  See more details below


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.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist
Barry Manilow   Piano
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Jim Walker   Flute
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Michael Thompson   Guitar
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,Conductor,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
Rick Gerding   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin,Concert Master
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Dane Little   Cello
Charles Loper   Trombone
Andy Martin   Trombone
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
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
Brian Scanlon   Saxophone
Steve Welch   Piano
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Jeanne Evans   Violin
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
Warren Stanyer   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Berg   Viola
Roberto Cani   Violin
Andrew Schulman   Cello
Beverley Staunton   Background Vocals
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Nico Abandolo   Contrabass (Vocal)
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Sungil Lee   Violin
Shanti Randall   Viola
Josephina Abandolo   Violin
John Reynolds   French Horn
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Robin Olsen   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Don Williams   Mallets
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Michael Nowak   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Cello
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Gregory Lee   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
David H. Speltz   Cello
Darren McCann   Viola
Eric Hosler   Violin
Claire Martin   Violin
Dennis Karmayzn   Cello
Stan Martin   Trumpet
Bev Dalke Smith   Saxophone
Hans Stamer   Baritone (Vocal)
Eun Me Ehn   Violin
Bruce Morganthaler   Contrabass (Vocal)
Vicky Miskolcsy   Viola
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Barry Manilow   Arranger,Producer,Album Concept,Duet
Linda Ronstadt   Duet
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Don Peterson   Photo Courtesy
Jill Hattersley   Personal Assistant
Michael O'Neil   Cover Photo

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Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I relly LOVE Rosemary Clooney but I'm a so/so fan of Bette. I had a chance to hear this and then purchased it right away. I really loved it. It is a great tribute to Rosie and I have a feeling that it is due to the teaming of Manilow and Midler!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who grew up listening to Rosemary Clooney, this is one tribute I couldn't miss. Bette Midler makes the songs fresh, thanks to her own inimitable style, and Mr. Manilow's deft hand at arrangements and production adds just the right panache. This was a labor of love and it shows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barry Manilow proves himself to be one of America's best musical talents. Long berated by critics, year after year Mr. Manilow finds new ways to express his love of music. He and the Divine Ms. M's reunion is a wonderful effort. Mazel Tov Barry. You continue to impress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is "THE" best CD I've listened to in ages. It's the kind that I can put in the CD player and let it play continuously. There are sections where Bette sounds so much like Rosemary that it's truly spooky and then the next song it's Bette. Some of the arrangements are so much like Rosemary that it actually brings a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. How much Rosie will be missed is a bit easier now that this CD is out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Bette Miller but was didn't know if I should buy this. But I gave this CD a try. I'm so happy I did! Barry Manilow's style and Bette's voice will make you fall in love with Rosemary Clooney. Rosemary was not my generations type of singer but now because of this CD I started collecting them. This is perfect music for a dinner party or if you come home and want to feel good! You can even bring it work and it will make you glad your're there. Thanks Bette and Barry, you guys are the greatest! This makes a wonderful gift for anyone.