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The rub concerning Rosemary Clooney is that, like Kay Starr, she was an excellent jazz singer who was unfortunately chained to novelty material that, equally unfortunately, became popular and branded her as such in the eyes of the listening public. Given the chance, she excelled at any role given her: a big-band singer initially, a pop industry flag-bearer, and finally, a jazz vocalist with impeccable chops and great taste. The Essential Rosemary Clooney, though it focuses on the hits, does allow for the occasional glimpse of Clooney the artist during the late '50s. The hits "Come On-A My House," "Hey There," "Half As Much," and "This Ole House" don't inevitably lead to sound-alikes and inferior material; they lead to a collaboration with Duke Ellington (on "Blue Rose") and sharp readings of standards ("The Lady Is a Tramp," "From This Moment On"). Giving listeners only 16 tracks to hear what made Clooney special is definitely short shrift, but The Essential Rosemary Clooney does allow them to hear the many facets of an excellent artist without paying much for it. John Bush, All Music Guide

The Essential Rosemary Clooney 1 LISTENCome On-A My House 1:59 2 LISTENIn the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening / Harry James & His Orchestra 3:00 3 LISTENHey There / Buddy Cole & his Orchestra 3:00 4 LISTENHalf as Much 2:48 5 LISTENBotch-A-Me (Ba-Ba Baciami Piccina) 2:18 6 LISTENThe Lady Is a Tramp 2:07 7 LISTENYou Started Something / Tony Pastor & his Orchestra 2:53 8 LISTENYou Make Me Feel So Young 2:54 9 LISTENBlue Rose / Duke Ellington 2:24 10 LISTENLove, You Didn't Do Right By Me / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 2:58 11 LISTENBlame It on My Youth / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 3:42 12 LISTENMambo Italiano / Mellomen Orchestra 2:31 13 LISTENThis Ole House / Buddy Cole & his Orchestra 2:24 14 LISTENTenderly 3:31 15 LISTENMangos 2:39 16 LISTENFrom This Moment On 1:48
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Artist:  Rosemary Clooney
Label:  Sony Legacy
Genre:  Broadway and Vocalists, Cabaret
Release Date:  August 31, 2004
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review by . December 19, 2008
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My first encounter with the music of Rosemary Clooney was as a 14 year old teenager in 1966 playing one of my aunts scratchy old LP's. That collection of early 1950's pre rock and roll hits included Rosemary Clooney's #1 smash "Come On A My House". "How silly..." I thought. "and adults think our music is stupid." My first impression of Rosemary Clooney would stay with me for a good many years. It was not until the 1980's that I really began to appreciate …
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