Songs from the Girl Singer: A Musical Autobiography

Songs from the Girl Singer: A Musical Autobiography

by Rosemary Clooney
     
 
It's been a long, and, periodically, strange trip for Rosemary Clooney, the "girl singer" who matured into the premier vocalist of classic American song. The love affairs, career shakeups, and mental breakdowns are detailed in Clooney's GIRL SINGER: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. For examples of Clooney's glorious vocal art, turn to GIRL SINGER: SONGS FROM AN AUTOBIORAPHY, a

Overview

It's been a long, and, periodically, strange trip for Rosemary Clooney, the "girl singer" who matured into the premier vocalist of classic American song. The love affairs, career shakeups, and mental breakdowns are detailed in Clooney's GIRL SINGER: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. For examples of Clooney's glorious vocal art, turn to GIRL SINGER: SONGS FROM AN AUTOBIORAPHY, a double-CD set that touches on high points from her six-decade career. Not a greatest-hits collection, GIRL SINGER acts more as a well- selected resume mixing Clooney gems ("Tenderly," "Blue Rose" from a collaboration with the Duke Ellington band, "How Will I Remember You"); chart successes ("Come-on-a My House," "Hey There,"); rare material ("Ya Got Class," a radio duet with Bob Hope; an unreleased "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"); and duets with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, sister Betty Clooney, and her hilariously vocally impaired ex-husband, Jose Ferrer. On Disc Two, there are various stellar performances from the 1970s through the 90s, when Clooney took a more jazz-oriented route ("Route 66" with its spirited round of solos from Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Bucky Pizzarelli," "Do You Miss New York," "Love Is Here to Stay," "Fools Rush In"). The joy of GIRL SINGER is the privileged look we get at an artist maturing gracefully, suiting her vocal abilities to a song, taking in the full measure of a lyric. Clooney sounds lovely on the 1946 performance of "Sooner or Later" -- on the 1998 "Secret of Life" she sounds lovely and wise.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Rather than rely solely upon its back catalog as usual, Concord has gone the extra mile to make this Clooney career survey a must-buy, raiding the archives of various labels and the singer's own collection for a really valuable two-CD retrospective. Virtually all of the early stuff, where she emerges as a major pop hitmaker from Mitch Miller's Columbia stable, is on the first disc, while the second wraps up her latter-day resurrection as a jazz-tinged diva. Obviously, disc one carries the most fascination; besides being loaded with naive mid-century charm, it shows just how big Clooney was in the 1950s. There are duets with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra, and appearances with the orchestras of Duke Ellington (singing a vocalise on "Blue Rose"), Nelson Riddle, and Percy Faith. Yes, there is also the totally atypical 1951 "Come on-a My House" set against Stan Freeman's jangly harpsichord that broke Clooney into stardom. Concord picks up the thread in 1977-1980, surrounding her with jazz musicians; her voice gets a bit richer, losing some of the hard brassiness of youth, picking up some jazz inflections, yet she never quite becomes a "jazz" singer per se. When the set leaps into the '90s (skipping the '80s almost entirely), her timbre darkens more and develops an affecting quaver. The choice of material from this period, though, has strong autobiographical content (the set was released in conjunction with her 1999 autobiography); hence, the probable reason for giving short shrift to the '80s -- the material may not have been there. And after hearing a final, affectionately sung capsule of philosophy, "Secret of Life," at the end of disc two, you realize you've been through a remarkable emotional journey.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431487029
catalogNumber:
4870
Rank:
166167

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sooner or Later
  2. Bargain Day
  3. Peach Tree Street
  4. Beautiful Brown Eyes
  5. Come On-A My House
  6. Tenderly
  7. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
  8. Hey There
  9. You're Just in Love
  10. Sisters
  11. Blue Rose
  12. On a Slow Boat to China
  13. Ya Got Class
  14. How Will I Remember You

Disc 2

  1. As Time Goes By
  2. God Bless the Child
  3. Love Is Here to Stay
  4. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
  5. Straighten up and Fly Right
  6. Do You Miss New York?
  7. Route 66
  8. Mambo Italiano
  9. The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)
  10. Come Rain or Come Shine
  11. White Christmas
  12. Turn Around
  13. Fools Rush In
  14. The Coffee Song
  15. Secret of Life

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Keith Carradine   Track Performer
Bob Hope   Track Performer
José Ferrer   Track Performer
Nelson Riddle   Track Performer
Betty Clooney   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tony Pastor & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Contributor
John Burk   Producer
Dick Smith   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Jack Mason   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Louis Alter   Composer
Albert Treskin   Art Direction
Arthur Smith   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Joseph Davis   Composer

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