Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the countdown.
A sweet vintage Christmas card image found on Pinterest. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
There is no denying that George Clooney is a huge movie star & celebrity. But he was not the first member of his family to achieve stardom. His aunt, the transcendent and beautiful Rosemary Clooney, defined musical excellence as a vocalist first as part of a duo with her sister, Betty, in 1945 and then as a professional singer recording music in 1947.
Her own TV show and movies followed (including 1954’s “White Christmas” also starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen) and numerous hits and albums leading to her place as the premier “girl singer” for six decades. Her influence & reverence shine through fans like Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Krall and many others. But Clooney described her role rather succinctly in her second biography, Girl Singer: “I’d call myself a sweet singer with a big band sensibility”. The rest of us described her with one word: great.
“Rosie” as she was affectionatelt dubbed, married three times, twice to actor José Ferrer with whom she had five children: actor Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017), Maria, Gabriel, Monsita, and Rafael. Today’s song is from Clooney’s 1996 Christmas album, named for her most famous & well known movie. But anything this woman sings is perfection, making her holiday music one of the best parts of this season.
“Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way“.
Rosemary Clooney circa 1954. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Rosemary Clooney: “Christmas Waltz” (1996, written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne).
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!