Legendary jazz and pop vocalist, Rosemary Clooney died Saturday, June 29. She was 74. In tribute, NPR presents a special "Jazz; Profiles" dedicated to Clooney.
Rosemary Clooney was a part of the American music scene for over half a centry. After her megahit "Come-on-My-House;" in 1951, Clooney was catapulted to pop stardom, became a Hollywood star, and had her own television show. While recording more novelty tunes to appeal to popular taste, she ventured into other musical styles, recording with such musicians as Perez Prado and Duke Ellington. The advent of rock and roll combined with personal problems threw her career into a tailspin. She returned to popularity in the late 1970s. The singer is considered one of the foremost interpreters of classic American popular song. Interviewees include Clooney, Linda Ronstadt, Dave Frishberg, Jack Sheldon, and others.
(Produced by Joan Merrill)