Wednesday, July 19, 2006
ROSEMARY CLOONEY REINVENTED HERSELF AND EACH TIME SHE BECAME AN EVEN GREATER TALENT
"Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002),an American musical treasure
and one of the best friends a song ever had." Completing 6 decades as one of America’s most beloved entertainers, Rosemary Clooney garnered numerous awards and may best be recognized for her starring role with Bing Crosby in “White Christmas.” The Wall Street Journal called this Girl Singer “A pop icon and spoken in the same breath as Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.” Her last recording with Concord Records, "Sentimental Journey" garnered her a Grammy Nomination. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award on February 28, 2002.
Born May 23, 1928, in Maysville, Kentucky. The distinctively unpretentious, deep, rich, and smooth voice of Rosemary Clooney earned her recognition as one of America's premiere pop and jazz singers. According to Clooney's record company press biography, Life magazine, in a tribute to America's "girl singers" named her one of "six preeminent singers ... whose performances are living displays of a precious national treasure ... their recordings a preservation of jewels." First-class crooner Frank Sinatra stated, as was also reprinted in Clooney's press biography, "Rosemary Clooney has that great talent which exudes warmth and feeling in every song she sings. She's a symbol of good modern American music."