Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969035023
  • Catalog Number: 90350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You'll Never Know (1:44)
  2. 2 This Ole House (3:02)
  3. 3 On a Slow Boat to China - Barry Manilow (2:31)
  4. 4 Hey There (3:30)
  5. 5 Tenderly (3:11)
  6. 6 Come On-A My House (1:50)
  7. 7 Mambo Italiano (2:50)
  8. 8 Sisters (White Christmas) - Linda Ronstadt (2:53)
  9. 9 Memories of You (3:20)
  10. 10 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (2:44)
  11. 11 White Christmas (White Christmas) (3:16)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rosie Memories

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Is it Rosemary or is it Bette?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow! What a surprise!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FASTASTIC

    GREAT SONGS, WONDERFUL ORCHISTRATION-CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO-ABSOLUTLY A MUST FANTASTIC ALBUM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Worth A Listen

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Manilow continues to impress

    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.

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