The Reluctant Pop Singer

Day 16 of Colourisation Project – May 23rd

Today, 23 May is Rosemary Clooney‘s birthday. Born in 1928, she was the ever popular  American singer and actress who shot to fame in the early 1950s with the novelty top of the charts hit Come On-a My House, produced by Mitch Miller. Clooney, who was primarily a jazz vocalist, hated this song with a passion and was forced into recording it by Colombia Records to avoid being in violation of her contract.  Mambo Italiano, This Ole House and a string of other songs followed soon after and were also great hits.

Clooney’s sister Betty and brother Nick, (George Clooney’s father) also became entertainers. She is seen here with her brother Nick and younger sister Gail in a publicity still for her TV show – The Lux Show  – today’s colouring-in photo challenge.

In 1954 Clooney starred in White Christmas with Bing Crosby. Throughout her career, she suffered greatly from bi-polar disorder and drug addiction and in 1968 suffered a nervous breakdown. She bounced back to record several albums for United Artists Records and for the Concord Jazz record label.

In 1995, Clooney guest-starred in the NBC television medical drama ER starring her nephew, George Clooney, for which she won an Emmy award. In 2002, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rosemary Clooney continued to record up until her death in 2002, aged 74.


   NBC TV Publicity still – The Lux Show 1957.   Nick, Rosemary and Gail Clooney.
I felt trapped and fabricated in the fifties living up to other people’s expectations.

“I felt trapped in the fifties living up to other peoples expectations.”  Rosemary Clooney.


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