1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Rosemary Clooney (born May 23, 1928)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Half as Much 1952
Rosemary Clooney also had hits with Come On-A My House in 1951, Tenderly and Botch-A-Me in 1952, Hey There, Mambo Italiano, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, and This Ole House in 1954, and Mangos in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1951-1960 Record Label: Columbia
Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. She and her sister, Betty, won a spot on radio station WLW in Cincinnati and by 1947 they were on the road with Tony Pastor’s orchestra. One of the most popular singers of the fifties, her background in jazz made her an excellent lyric interpreter with intelligent phrasing and skillful timing. Her early hits came with novelty tunes but her dramatic qualities became more evident as the years went on. Her direct and attractive style was often described as ‘diction with intimacy.’ In 1954, she starred with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen in the blockbuster film ‘White Christmas’ and then with Guy Mitchell in the western satire film ‘Red Garters.’ After a semi-retirement in the 70s, Rosemary Clooney returned with renewed power and confidence. Her resiliency and energy validates her position among the fine jazz-based vocalists in American music. Rosemary Clooney died on June 29, 2002.