Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61

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The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61

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Buddy Cole (p, org, celeste, harpsichord), Vince Terri (g) Don Whitaker (b) Nick Fatool (d, perc). Recorded over 11 different sessions dating from March 10, 1955 through February 28, 1961

Disc One: Just You, Just Me/Don't Take Your Love Away/I Guess I'll Have To My Plan/Keep It Gay/I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me/From This Moment On/But Not For Me/Nice Work If You Can Get It/'S Wonderful /Taking A Chance On Love/It's A Most Unusual Day/C'est Magnifique /Mood Indigo/Back In Your Own Backyard/You're The Top/The Gold Diggers' Song/Anything Goes/All Through The Night/Teach Me Tonight/I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm/I Get A Kick Out Of You. TT 45:51

Disc Two: I Feel A Song Comin' On/Little Man You've Had A Busy Day/Thou Swell/You're In Kentucky Sure As You're Born/Almost Like Being In Love/I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter/Hey There/Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone/Something Wonderful Happens In Summer/Mountain Greenery/Mangoes/How About You?/No Other Love/It's Not For Me/So Rare/Lover Come Back To Me/Oh! Look At Me Now/Don'cha Go Way Mad/What Is There To Say?/It's All Right With Me/Goody Goody. TT 46:37

Disc Three: Sunday In Savannah/I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/It Happened To Happen To Me/A Touch Of The Blues/The Nearness Of You/You'll Never Know/On The Street Where You Live/New Sun In The Sky/Everything Happens To Me/'Deed I Do/I Gotta A Right To Sing The Blues/I'm Beginning To See The Light/Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me/What Is This Thing Called Love/You Make Me Feel So Young/All The Time/Witchcraft/You Turned The Tables On Me/All The Way/Cheek To Cheek/It's All In The Game. TT 52:23

Disc Four: There Goes My Heart/These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)/Love Letters/Too Close For Comfort/This Can't Be Love/We'll Be Together Again/You Took Advantage Of Me/Moonlight Mississippi (A Whistle Stop Town)/Blue Moon/There Will Never Be Another You/That Old Black Magic/Love, Look Away/I Wish I Were In Love Again/What Did We Do Last Night?/You Ol' Son Of A Gun/Sing, You Sinners/Tenderly/I Should Have Told You Long Ago/Goodbye Blues/You Got/Harbor Lights. TT 51:44

Disc Five: Everything's Coming Up Roses/I Love You (My Every Thought Is You)/Where Or When/Danny Boy/Give Me The Simple Life/Bye Bye Blackbird/Anyone For Love/How Will I Remember You?/Get Me To The Church On Time/Love Among The Young/The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me)/Every Time I See You I'm In Love Again/A Lot Of Livin' To Do/If I Ever Love Again/With A Dream Of Love/I'm Losing Control/My Old Kentucky Home/Don't Blame Me/(Why Don't You Give Yourself) Half A Chance/Can't Get Out Of This Mood. TT 54:02

On the afternoon of June 5, 1951 Rosemary Clooney walked into Columbia Recording Studio A on 52nd St in New York and was not in a good mood. She was set to record a song that she hated. When initially presented to her by kingpin hit maker Mitch Miller Clooney's response was immediate and visceral. I won't record that and I won't show up for the date.

She was also approaching the two year anniversary of her recording debut with Columbia in June of 1949 and none of the 53 records she had made since then had produced a hit. Those years were the apex of the novelty record era and most of the output consisted of one attempt after another with material that was nowhere near what the artist in her was hoping to work with. Even three unsuccessful duets were done with the then down and out Frank Sinatra that yielded nothing but annoying ditties both Rosie and FS wanted to forget. Prior to the initiation of her Columbia Records contract she had also more than paid her dues. Grinding out one nighters with her sister Betty for three years as the girl singers in the Tony Pastor band, making 30 records along the way.

Not a hit to be found though.

Mitch Miller made it clear that there was no choice, she shows up or she is fired. …

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