To celebrate Christmas, Fresh Air listens back to a concert given by the late singer and actress on Feb. 11, 1997. Clooney spoke then with Terry Gross about her childhood, being on the road as a young performer with her sister, and working with Bing Crosby and Billy Strayhorn.
We remember the great singer Rosemary Clooney, who died Saturday. We'll hear a concert and interview taped before a live audience in San Francisco on January 18th, 1997, as part of the City Arts & Lectures series. Clooney sings some of her best-known songs, accompanied by a quintet directed by John Oddo. She also talks with Terry about her life.
We feature a 1999 interview with singer/Hollywood legend Rosemary Clooney. She starred in the 1954 film White Christmas. She talks about her life as a singer and performer. We will also listen to songs from throughout her career. Her 1999 autobiography, Girl Singer, reads like a who's who from the golden age of Hollywood. She also released a CD companion to the book. Its called Songs from the Girl Singer. (ORIGINAL BROADCAST: 12/21/99)
Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three box sets featuring memorable pianists: the Chick Corea Trio's Trilogy, Herbie Hancock's Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972), and The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955
Actor, writer and director George Clooney stars in the new legal thriller Michael Clayton. Clooney recently starred in Syriana and co-wrote, directed, and co-starred in Good Night, and Good Luck about the showdown between legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy.