Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Good For You

Happy birthday, Rosemary Clooney.  She was huge in the pre-rock 1950s.

Back then, it wasn't uncommon for singers to put out lighter fare on singles than the jazz or big band numbers they'd record otherwise.  Clooney despised "Come On-a My House" but was forced by her label to do it.  It went to #1 in 1951 and stayed atop the charts for 8 weeks, making her a star.  She continued to have hits through the decade with what were essentially novelty numbers.

Meanwhile, she preferred the standards.

PS  Clooney's recording of "Mambo Italiano" has been used in a bunch of films, such as Big Night and  Mickey Blue Eyes, because, after all, nothing says Italian like Clooney.

Her version of "It's Bad For Me" has become better known in recent years since it was put in the first-person shooter videogame BioShock.


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