Crystal Waters is an American house and dance music singer and songwriter, best known for her 1990s dance hits "Gypsy Woman", "100% Pure Love" and 2007's Destination Calabria with Alex Gaudino. All three of her studio albums produced a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as one of the most successful dance artists of all-time, her accolades include 6 ASCAP Songwriter Awards, three American Music Award nominations, an MTV Video Music Award nod, four Billboard Music Awards and 12 #1 Billboard Dance Chart hits. Born in Camden, New Jersey, Waters is the daughter of Betty and Junior Waters, a famed jazz musician, her family moved to New Jersey for a while but they again moved to Washington, D. C.. At age eleven she began writing poetry and took her writing enough to be inducted into the Poetry Society of America when she was 14, the youngest person to receive that honor, she studied business and computer science at Howard University, but her creative work dropped off as she found less time for it.
After earning her college degree in 1989, Waters secured a job as a computer technician with the Washington, D. C. parole board. One of her daughters is singer-songwriter Ella Nicole. Waters' first job in the music world was as a backup singer at a local recording studio, she realized. Meeting the Basement Boys at a DC conference, they agreed to collaborate. Waters' self-described style was jazz and the Basement Boys was house; the first two songs she wrote for the'Boys were Gypsy Woman. Waters signed a writing contract with Mercury Records in 1989, her single, "Makin' Happy," with contributions by remixer Steve "Silk" Hurley, shot to #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart. With her 1994 follow-up album Storyteller, Waters made a mainstream comeback with her hit single "100% Pure Love," which hit number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, became one of the longest-charting singles on the Hot 100 at 45 weeks. Along with the single, her second album Storyteller, sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.
In 1996, Waters participated in the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio, produced by the Red Hot Organization, performing the song "The Boy From Ipanema". In 2007, the mega European hit "Destination Calabria," by Alex Gaudino featuring vocals by Crystal Waters, went to #1 on the European Pop Chart in over 30 countries; the track is a mashup, taking the instrumental from Rune's "Calabria" and the vocals from Alex Gaudino's and Crystal Waters' "Destination Unknown," both released in 2003. It was produced with the help of Maurizio Nari and Ronnie Milani, matching the saxophone hook/riff from "Calabria" to Crystal Waters' voice. "Destination Calabria" was released as a 12 inch single by Italian label Rise Records, as a CD single, on 19 March 2007, by British label Data Records. It charted in Australia in February 2004 peaking at #98 under the title "Destination Unknown" before being re-released as "Destination Calabria" and reaching #2 in 2007. In 2012, “Le Bump,” with Yolanda Be Cool, gave Waters another #1 on the Beatport House Chart.
With DJ Chris Cox in 2013, the #1 Billboard Dance Chart Hit "Mama Hey" was listed as one of Billboard's "Top 50 Dance Songs of 2013." In November 2015, Waters released "Synergy," and in October 2016 she released "Believe." Both songs rose to the # 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart. Her 2017 single, "Testify," with Hifi Sean, was released on Defected Records and went straight to the A-List on BBC Radio and garnered another #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, her third collaboration with Sted-E & Hybrid Heights "I Am House" reached #1 in the club charts in Spring 2018, giving Waters a total of twelve #1 singles in the Billboard Dance Club charts. List of number-one dance hits List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart Official website
Am I Blue?
"Am I Blue?" is a song copyrighted by Harry Akst and Grant Clarke in 1929 and featured in four films that year, most notably with Ethel Waters in the movie On with the Show. It has appeared in 42 movies, most Funny Face and The Cotton Club, has become a standard covered by numerous artists. Eddie Cochran recorded his version of "Am I Blue" sometime between May and August 1957, it was released on the B-side of Liberty Records single 55087. The A-side was "Drive In Show". Personnel used in the recording session: Eddie Cochran – guitars, vocals Perry Botkin – rhythm guitar Connie "Guybo" Smith – double bass The Johnny Mann Chorus – backing vocals American singer-actress Cher recorded and released "Am I Blue" in 1973, it was released on single and the album Bittersweet White Light. Annette Hanshaw recorded the song on May 31, 1929 A recording of the song in a medley with "Blue Room" was made on July 14, 1942 by Eddy Duchin and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36746, with the flip side a medley of "Sometimes I'm Happy" and "Pretty Baby."
In 1944, the song was performed by Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in the Howard Hawks directed film To Have and Have Not. The tune is played in a scene in the Warner Bros. cartoon Booby Hatched, when a duck is sitting on her eggs, her teeth chattering from the cold. In 1954, Dinah Washington recorded the song for the album After Hours with Miss "D" Jeri Southern recorded the song in 1957 for her Decca Records LP Jeri Gently Jumps. In 1957, early teen idol Ricky Nelson included the song on his debut album Ricky. Eddie Cochran, an early performer of rock and roll music recorded the song in 1957. Ray Charles on his 1959 Atlantic album The Genius of Ray Charles In 1961, Fats Domino recorded the song for the album Let the Four Winds Blow. Brenda Lee recorded her version for the album Reflections In Blue. In 1972, Bette Midler recorded the song for her album The Divine Miss M. In 1973, Cher released the song as the first and only single from her album of standards, Bittersweet White Light, it missed the Billboard Hot 100 chart Under Hot 100 Singles.
The song was performed by the character of Batman in the 2004 episode of the animated series Justice League Unlimited, "This Little Piggy". Wonder Woman hums the tune at the end of that episode. In 1969, Judy Garland and Johnnie Ray performed an duet cover of the song. Barbra Streisand recorded a version of "Am I Blue" for her 1975 film Funny Lady. In 1978, Robert Gordon recorded the song for his Rock Billy Boogie album. Diane Lane lipsynced it in the 1984 film The Cotton Club, it was not released on the soundtrack of the movie. In 1985, Nell Carter sang the song on the fifth episode of the fifth season of her hit sitcom Gimme a Break!. Linda Ronstadt recorded the song for her album For Sentimental Reasons; the deposed Qing emperor Henry Puyi sings the song during his 1925–31 playboy days in the Japanese concession of Tianjin in The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci. Billie Holiday's version of the song appeared in the 1989 movie Slaves of New York and 2009 movie Public Enemies. Charlie Rich recorded the song in 1991 for Paintings.
Rita Coolidge on her 2010 album, Out of the Blues List of "Am I Blue" versions on Second Hand Songs
Lee Wiley was an American jazz singer popular in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s. Wiley was born in Oklahoma. At fifteen, she left home to pursue a singing career, her career was interrupted by a fall while horseback riding. She suffered temporary blindness but recovered, at the age of 19 was with the Leo Reisman Orchestra, with whom in 1931 she recorded three songs: "Take It From Me", "Time On My Hands", her own composition, "Got the South in My Soul", she sang with Paul Whiteman and the Casa Loma Orchestra. A collaboration with composer Victor Young resulted in several songs for which Wiley wrote the lyrics, including "Got the South in My Soul" and "Anytime, Anywhere."During the early 1930s, Wiley recorded little, many sides were rejected: "Take it From Me" "Time On My Hands" "Got the South in My Soul" "Just So You'll Remember" "Juanita" "A Tree Was a Tree" "You're an Old Smoothie" "You've Got Me Crying Again" & "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" "Let's Call It a Day" "Repeal the Blues" & "Easy Come, Easy Go" "Careless Love" & "Motherless Child" "Hands Across the Table" & "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" "Mad About the Boy" "What Is Love?"
& "I've Got You Under My Skin" In 1939, Wiley recorded eight Gershwin songs on 78s with a small group for Liberty Music Shop Records. The set sold well and was followed by 78s dedicated to the music of Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Harold Arlen, 10" LPs dedicated to the music of Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin; the players on these recordings included Bunny Berigan, Bud Freeman, Max Kaminsky, Fats Waller, Billy Butterfield, Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Stan Freeman, Cy Walter, the bandleader Jess Stacy, to whom Wiley was married for a number of years. These influential albums launched the concept of a "songbook", widely imitated by other singers. Wiley's career made a resurgence in 1950 with the much admired ten-inch album Night in Manhattan. In 1954, she opened the first Newport Jazz Festival, accompanied by Bobby Hackett. In the decade she recorded, West of the Moon and A Touch of the Blues. Wiley retired from singing in the early 1960s, acting in a 1963 television film, Something About Lee Wiley, which told her life story.
The film stimulated interest in her and she resumed her career, making her last public appearance at a 1972 concert in Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Jazz Festival, where she was enthusiastically received. Wiley married the jazz pianist Jess Stacy in 1943; the couple was described by their friend Deane Kincaide as being as "compatible as two cats, tails tied together, hanging over a clothesline". Her response to Stacy's desire to get a divorce was, "What will Bing Crosby be thinking of you divorcing me?", while Stacy said of Wiley, "They did not burn the last witch at Salem." Wiley remarried to retired businessman, Nat Tischenkel. Wiley died on December 11, 1975, aged 67, in New York City after being diagnosed with colon cancer earlier that year. Night in Manhattan Sings Vincent Youmans Sings Irving Berlin Sings Rodgers and Hart West of the Moon A Touch of the Blues Back Home Again Duologue 1954 Lee Wiley Rarities Hot House Rose The Music of Manhattan 1951 Legendary Song Stylist The Legendary Lee Wiley: Collector's Items 1931-1955 Manhattan Moods: Outstanding Live Recordings Night In Manhattan/Sings Youmans/Sings Berlin Time on My Hands: 24 Original Mono Recordings 1932-1951 Completist's Ultimate Collection Vol.1 Completist's Ultimate Collection Vol.2 The Complete Golden Years Studio Sessions A Touch of the Blues Lee Wiley: Complete Fifties Studio Masters Completist's Ultimate Collection Vol.3 Completist's Ultimate Collection Vol.4 The Carnegie Hall Concert Sings Porter and Gershwin Sings Rodgers and Arlen S Wonderful Songbooks & Quiet Sensuality: 1933-1951 Follow Your Heart West of the Moon Live on Stage Town Hall New York Back Home Again Lee Wiley.
Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere. Her 25 finest What Is Love
Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States, his concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's'coming out' party to the world of'respectable' music."Goodman's bands started the careers of many jazz musicians. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups, he performed nearly to the end of his life. Goodman was the ninth of twelve children born to poor Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire, his father, David Goodman, came to America in 1892 from Warsaw in partitioned Poland and became a tailor. His mother, Dora Grisinsky, came from Kovno, they met in Baltimore and moved to Chicago before Goodman's birth. With little income and a large family, they moved to the Maxwell Street neighborhood, an overcrowded slum near railroad yards and factories, populated by German, Italian, Polish and Jewish immigrants.
Money was a constant problem. On Sundays, his father took the children to free band concerts in Douglas Park, the first time Goodman experienced live professional performances. To give his children some skills and an appreciation for music, his father enrolled ten-year-old Goodman and two of his brothers in music lessons at the Kehelah Jacob Synagogue. During the next year Goodman joined the boys club band at Hull House, where he received lessons from director James Sylvester. By joining the band, he was entitled to spend two weeks at a summer camp near Chicago, it was the only time. He received two years of instruction from classically trained clarinetist Franz Schoepp; when he was 17, his father was killed by a passing car after stepping off a streetcar. His father's death was "the saddest thing that happened in our family", Goodman said, he attended Lewis Institute in 1924 as a high-school sophomore and played clarinet in a dance hall band. His early influences were New Orleans jazz clarinetists who worked in Chicago, such as Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Leon Roppolo.
He learned becoming a strong player at an early age, soon playing in bands. He made his professional debut in 1921 at the Central Park Theater on the West Side of Chicago, he entered Harrison Technical High School in Chicago in 1922. At fourteen he became a member of the musicians' union and worked in a band featuring Bix Beiderbecke. Two years he joined the Ben Pollack Orchestra and made his first recordings in 1926. Goodman moved to New York City and became a session musician for radio, Broadway musicals, in studios. In addition to clarinet, he sometimes played alto baritone saxophone. In a Victor recording session on March 21, 1928, he played alongside Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Joe Venuti in the All-Star Orchestra directed by Nathaniel Shilkret, he played with the bands of Red Nichols, Ben Selvin, Ted Lewis, Isham Jones and recorded for Brunswick under the name Benny Goodman's Boys, a band that featured Glenn Miller. In 1928, Goodman and Miller wrote "Room 1411", released as a Brunswick 78.
He reached the charts for the first time when he recorded "He's Not Worth Your Tears" with a vocal by Scrappy Lambert for Melotone. After signing with Columbia in 1934, he had top ten hits with "Ain't Cha Glad?" and "I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreamin'" sung by Jack Teagarden, "Ol' Pappy" sung by Mildred Bailey, "Riffin' the Scotch" sung by Billie Holiday. An invitation to play at the Billy Rose Music Hall led to his creation of an orchestra for the four-month engagement; the orchestra recorded "Moonglow", which became a number one hit and was followed by the Top Ten hits "Take My Word" and "Bugle Call Rag". NBC hired for Goodman for the radio program Let's Dance. John Hammond asked Fletcher Henderson if he wanted to write arrangements for Goodman, Henderson agreed. During the Depression, Henderson disbanded his orchestra. Goodman hired Henderson's band members to teach his musicians. Goodman's band was one of three to perform on Let's Dance, playing arrangements by Henderson along with hits such as "Get Happy" and "Limehouse Blues" by Spud Murphy.
Goodman's portion of the program was broadcast too late at night to attract a large audience on the east coast. He and his band remained on Let's Dance until May of that year when a strike by employees of the series' sponsor, forced the cancellation of the radio show. An engagement was booked at Manhattan's Roosevelt Grill filling in for Guy Lombardo, but the audience expected "sweet" music and Goodman's band was unsuccessful. Goodman spent six months performing on Let's Dance, during that time he recorded six more Top Ten hits for Columbia. On July 31, 1935, "King Porter Stomp" was released with "Sometimes I'm Happy" on the B-side, both arranged by Henderson and recorded on July 1. In Pittsburgh at the Stanley Theater some members of the audience danced in the aisles, but these arrangements had little impact on the tour until August 19 at McFadden's Ballroom in Oakland, California. Goodman and his band, which included Bunny Berrigan, drummer Gene Krupa, singer Helen Ward were met by a large crowd of young dancers who cheered the music they had heard on Let's Dance.
Herb Caen wrote, "from the first note, the place was in an uproar." One night at Pismo Beach, the show was a flop, the band thought the overwhelming reception in Oakland had been a fluke. The next night, August 21, 1935, at the Palomar Ballroom in Los A
Ethel Waters was an American singer and actress. Waters performed jazz and pop music on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Waters notable recordings include "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", "Supper Time", "Am I Blue?", "Cabin in the Sky", "I'm Coming Virginia", her version of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow". Waters was the second African American, she was the first African-American to star on her own television show and the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Waters was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, on October 31, 1896, as a result of the rape of her teenaged African-American mother, Louise Anderson, by John Waters, a pianist and family acquaintance from a mixed-race middle-class background, he played no role in raising Ethel. Soon after she was born, her mother married a railroad worker. Ethel used the surname Howard as a child before reverting to her father's name, she was raised in poverty by her grandmother, Sally Anderson, who worked as a housemaid, with two of her aunts and an uncle.
Waters never lived in the same place for more than 15 months. She said of her difficult childhood, "I never was a child. I never was cuddled, or liked, or understood by my family."Waters grew tall, standing 5 feet 9.5 inches in her teens. According to jazz historian and archivist Rosetta Reitz, Waters's birth in the North and her peripatetic life exposed her to many cultures. Waters married at the age of 13, but her husband was abusive and she soon left the marriage and became a maid in a Philadelphia hotel, working for $4.75 per week. On her 17th birthday, she attended a costume party at a nightclub on Juniper Street, she was persuaded to sing two songs and impressed the audience so much that she was offered professional work at the Lincoln Theatre in Baltimore. She recalled that she earned the rich sum of ten dollars a week, but her managers cheated her out of the tips her admirers threw on the stage. After her start in Baltimore, Waters toured on the black vaudeville circuit, in her words "from nine until unconscious."
Despite her early success, she fell on hard times and joined a carnival, traveling in freight cars, reaching Chicago. She enjoyed her time with the carnival and recalled, "the roustabouts and the concessionaires were the kind of people I'd grown up with, tough, full of larceny towards strangers, but sentimental and loyal to their friends and co-workers." But she did not last long with them and soon headed south to Atlanta, where she worked in the same club as Bessie Smith. Smith demanded. Waters sang ballads and popular songs. Around 1919, Waters became a performer in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, her first Harlem job was at Edmond's Cellar, a club with a black patronage that specialized in popular ballads. She acted in a blackface comedy, Hello 1919. Jazz historian Rosetta Reitz pointed out that by the time Waters returned to Harlem in 1921, women blues singers were among the most powerful entertainers in the country. In 1921, Waters became the fifth black woman to make a record, for tiny Cardinal Records.
She joined Black Swan, where Fletcher Henderson was her accompanist. Waters commented that Henderson tended to perform in a more classical style than she preferred lacking "the damn-it-to-hell bass." She recorded for Black Swan from 1921 through 1923. Her contract with Harry Pace made her the highest paid black recording artist at the time. In early 1924, Paramount bought Black Swan, she stayed with Paramount through the year, she first recorded for Columbia in 1925, achieving a hit with "Dinah". She started working with Pearl Wright, they toured in the South. In 1924, Waters played at the Plantation Club on Broadway, she toured with the Black Swan Dance Masters. With Earl Dancer, she joined what was called the "white time" Keith Vaudeville Circuit, a vaudeville circuit performing for white audiences and combined with screenings of silent movies, they received rave reviews in Chicago and earned the unheard-of salary of US$1,250 in 1928. In September 1926, Waters recorded "I'm Coming Virginia", composed by Donald Heywood with lyrics by Will Marion Cook.
She is wrongly attributed as the author. The following year, Waters sang it in a production of Africana at Broadway's Daly's Sixty-Third Street Theatre. In 1929, Waters and Wright arranged the unreleased Harry Akst song "Am I Blue?", used in the movie On with the Show and became a hit and her signature song. In 1933, Waters appeared in a satirical all-black film, Rufus Jones for President, which featured the child performer Sammy Davis Jr. as Rufus Jones. She went on to star at the Cotton Club, according to her autobiography, she "sang'Stormy Weather' from the depths of the private hell in which I was being crushed and suffocated." In 1933, she had a featured role in the successful Irving Berlin Broadway musical revue As Thousands Cheer with Clifton Webb, Marilyn Miller, Helen Broderick. She became the first black woman to integrate Broadway's theater district referred to at the time as the Great White Way, more than a decade after actor Charles Gilpin's critically acclaimed performances in the plays of Eugene O'Neill beginning with The Emperor Jones in 1920.
Waters held three jobs: in As Thousands Cheer, as a singer for Jack Denny & His Orchestra on a national radio program, in nightclubs. She became the highest-paid p
Doris Day is an American actress and animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey". After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, she recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century. Day's film career began during the latter part of the Classical Hollywood Film era with the 1948 film Romance on the High Seas, its success sparked her twenty-year career as a motion picture actress, she starred in a series of successful films, including musicals and dramas. She played the title role in Calamity Jane, starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart, her most successful films were the bedroom comedies she made co-starring Rock Hudson and James Garner, such as Pillow Talk and Move Over, respectively. She co-starred in films with such leading men as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, David Niven, Rod Taylor.
After her final film in 1968, she went on to star in the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show. She was one of the top ten singers between 1951 and 1966; as an actress, she became the biggest female film star in the early 1960s, ranked sixth among the box office performers by 2012. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which became a UK Top 10 album featuring new material. Among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, in 1989 was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award, she is one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, the daughter of Alma Sophia, a housewife, William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master.
All of her grandparents were German immigrants. For most of her life, Day believed she had been born in 1924 and reported her age accordingly; the youngest of three siblings, she had two older brothers: Richard and Paul, two to three years older. Due to her father's alleged infidelity, her parents separated, she developed an early interest in dance, in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13, 1937, injured her right leg and curtailed her prospects as a professional dancer. While recovering from an auto accident, Day started to sing along with the radio and discovered a talent she did not know she had. Day said: "During this long, boring period, I used to while away a lot of time listening to the radio, sometimes singing along with the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, but the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, I'd sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words."Observing her daughter sing rekindled Alma's interest in show business, she decided Doris should have singing lessons.
She engaged Grace Raine. After three lessons, Raine told Alma that young Doris had "tremendous potential". Years Day said that Raine had the biggest effect on her singing style and career. During the eight months she was taking singing lessons, Day had her first professional jobs as a vocalist, on the WLW radio program Carlin's Carnival, in a local restaurant, Charlie Yee's Shanghai Inn. During her radio performances, Day first caught the attention of Barney Rapp, looking for a girl vocalist and asked if Day would like to audition for the job. According to Rapp, he had auditioned about 200 singers. While working for Rapp in 1939, she adopted the stage surname "Day", at Rapp's suggestion. Rapp felt that "Kappelhoff" was too long for marquees, he admired her rendition of the song "Day After Day". After working with Rapp, Day worked with bandleaders Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, Les Brown. While working with Brown, Day scored her first hit recording, "Sentimental Journey", released in early 1945, it soon became an anthem of the desire of World War II demobilizing troops to return home.
This song is still associated with Day, she rerecorded it on several occasions, including a version in her 1971 television special. During 1945–46, Day had six other top ten hits on the Billboard chart: "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time", "'Tain't Me", "Till The End of Time", "You Won't Be Satisfied", "The Whole World is Singing My Song", "I Got the Sun in the Mornin'". In the 1950s she became one of the highest paid singers in America. While singing with the Les Brown band and for nearly two years on Bob Hope's weekly radio program, she toured extensively across the United States, her popularity as a radio performer and vocalist, which included a second hit record "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time", led directly to a career in films. In 1941, Day appeared as a singer in three Soundies with the Les Brown band, her performance of the
Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the song "Come On-a My House", followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me", "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House", she had success as a jazz vocalist. Clooney's career languished in the 1960s due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business, she continued recording until her death in 2002. Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, the daughter of Marie Frances and Andrew Joseph Clooney, she was one of five children. Her father was of Irish and German descent and her mother was of English and Irish ancestry, she was raised Catholic. When Clooney was 15, her mother and brother Nick moved to California, she and her sister Betty remained with their father. The family resided in the John Brett Richeson House in the late 1940s.
Rosemary and Betty became entertainers, whereas Nick became a television broadcaster. In 1945, the Clooney sisters won a spot on Ohio's radio station WLW as singers, her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of the latter's early career. Clooney's first recordings, in May 1946, were for Columbia Records, she sang with Tony Pastor's big band. Clooney continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month still for Columbia. In 1950–51, she was a regular on the radio and television versions of "Songs For Sale" on CBS. In 1951, her record of "Come On-a My House", produced by Mitch Miller, became a hit, it was her first of many singles to hit the charts—despite the fact that Clooney hated the song passionately. She had been told by Columbia Records to record the song, that she would be in violation of her contract if she did not do so. Clooney recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich and appeared in the early 1950s on Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town series on CBS.
Clooney did several guest appearances on the Arthur Godfrey radio show, when it was sponsored by Lipton Tea. They did duets as he played his ukulele, other times she would sing one of her latest hits. In 1954, she starred, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, in the movie White Christmas, she starred, in 1956, in a half-hour syndicated television musical-variety show The Rosemary Clooney Show. The show featured Nelson Riddle's orchestra; the following year, the show moved to NBC prime time as The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney, but only lasted one season. The new show featured the singing group Frank DeVol's orchestra. In years, Clooney appeared with Bing Crosby on television, such as in the 1957 special The Edsel Show, the two friends made a concert tour of Ireland together. On November 21, 1957, she appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, a frequent entry in the "Top 20" and featuring a musical group called "The Top Twenty". In 1960, Clooney and Crosby co-starred in a 20-minute CBS radio program aired before the midday news each weekday.
Clooney left Columbia Records in 1958, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records and some for Coral Records. Toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963. In 1964, she went to Reprise Records, in 1965 to Dot Records. Upon her recovery from a nervous breakdown in 1968, Clooney signed with United Artists Records in 1976 for two albums. Beginning in 1977, she recorded an album a year for the Concord Jazz record label, which continued until her death; this was in contrast to most of her generation of singers, who had long since stopped recording by then. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Clooney did television commercials for Coronet brand paper towels, during which she sang a memorable jingle that goes, "Extra value is what you get, when you buy Coro-net." In the early 1980s, Jim Belushi parodied the commercial on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Clooney sang a duet with Wild Man Fischer on "It's a Hard Business" in 1986, in 1994 she sang a duet of Green Eyes with Barry Manilow in his 1994 album, Singin' with the Big Bands.
In 1995, Clooney guest-starred in the NBC television medical drama ER. On January 27, 1996, Clooney appeared on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio program, she sang "When October Goes"—lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Barry Manilow —from Manilow's 1984 album 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, discussed the excellence of Manilow the musician. Clooney was awarded Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. In 1999, she founded the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival, held annually in her hometown, she performed at the festival every year until her death. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Russell Theater in Maysville, where Clooney's first film, The Stars Are Singing, premiered in 1953, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Clooney was married twice to 16 years her senior. Clooney first married Ferrer on June 1953, in Durant, Oklahoma, they moved to Santa Monica, California, in 1954, to Los Angeles in 1958. Together, the couple had five children: Miguel, Gabriel and Rafael.
Clooney and Ferrer divorced for