22/5/2013 10:55 am  #1

Rosemary Clooney and Bing

May I modestly  mention the new book coming out shortly about Rosemary which contains many mentions of Bing.  See http://www.amazon.com/Late-Life-Jazz-Rosemary-Clooney/dp/0199798575

It's also on the Amazon UK site.


23/5/2013 8:30 am  #2

Re: Rosemary Clooney and Bing

Malcolm Macfarlane wrote:

May I modestly  mention the new book coming out shortly about Rosemary which contains many mentions of Bing.  See http://www.amazon.com/Late-Life-Jazz-Rosemary-Clooney/dp/0199798575

It's also on the Amazon UK site.

Malcolm,  I know many are looking forward to this. 

For those who are interested there is a fan forum here http://forums.delphiforums.com/clooneyfans/start
(though it does not seem to be very active)
- and a discography here 



05/6/2013 2:21 pm  #3

Re: Rosemary Clooney and Bing

The book is great news!  Now we need to get you fellows interviewed about it on all of the National Public Radio culture-related programs over here in the U.S.  Then, after that, we need to have someone do a documentary about Rosie for our Public Television system, citing your book as a core resource and perhaps as a pledge premium for people who make large donations their local stations!

Rosie's own two autobiographical books include passages that show her warm regard and long friendship with Bing, through good and also challenging times in each of their lives.  I wish that they could have performed more on screen together and recorded a two or three more albums together.  Just saw her son, Miguel Ferrer on TV last night.  I always think of her introducing him as drummer on one of her numbers on the Palladium album.


05/6/2013 3:18 pm  #4

Re: Rosemary Clooney and Bing

Some of the NPR (public radio) programs that would be good to have Ken and Malcolm interviewed on would be Scott Simon's "Weekend Edition Saturday," "The Diane Rehm (pronounced 'reem') Show," "Here and Now" with Robin Young, "Weekend Edition Sunday," and the two big weekday magazine shows: "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."  I can't pull in the nearest Jazz format NPR station, so I'm not sure whether some of the jazz-related shows ever do author interviews--I know that a few of them mainly play music or have musicians play live.  If any of you want to contact a particular NPR show to suggest they broadcast an interview of Ken and Malcolm about their new Rosemary Clooney book, you can use the following link to NPR's show contact webage: http://help.npr.org/npr/includes/customer/npr/custforms/contactus.aspx?sid=5
Be sure to include a link to the amazon page or something else with info about the book.

My personal first choice for an NPR interviewer would be Scott Simon.  Although his show is recorded in Washington, D.C., Scott's a Chicago boy and his dad hosted radio programs in that region.  He'd have some knowledge of music going back to Rosie's early career, and also would appreciate her having Ohio River Valley roots.  I know he's interviewed Tony Bennett before, and he might know Nick Clooney.

If enough of us do this, their publisher is going to start getting more requests for "review copies" from media over here across the pond.

Last edited by Steve Fay (05/6/2013 3:19 pm)


05/6/2013 4:00 pm  #5

Re: Rosemary Clooney and Bing

Okay, I pitched my program "story suggestion" to Scott Simon's "Weekend Edition Saturday.  Below is what I wrote.  Of course, it might not matter much if mine is the only suggestion about this topic.....

"With Scott's knowledge and regard for the history of American music, particularly in the radio age, Rosemary Clooney's amazing rebirth as a serious and acclaimed jazz singer in her latter years must have made a striking impression on him, as it did on so many others of her old fans and others new to appreciating her artistry.  Finally, a new book is coming out that puts that part of her career into clearer context with the rest of her life and career.  A serious examination of Rosemary Clooney's contributions as an artist is far, far overdue. While I can't read a copy of this book yet -- Amazon is taking pre-release orders:  http://www.amazon.com/Late-Life-Jazz-Rosemary-Clooney/dp/0199798575  -- I am hoping Scott can get a review copy and make contact with Crossland and MacFarlane.  I don't believe there is another NPR program host better suited to interviewing these authors about the content and merits of their book and about the cultural relevance of Rosemary Clooney to today's listening audience than is Scott Simon. I may be biased, as a long-time fan of Scott, but I think there may even be something intangibly important about Scott, a lad from Chicago, appreciating the work of a singer who started out in the Ohio River Valley, a Midwestern breadth of perspective, or should I say, regarding a radio host or a singer, a certain breath perspective."


06/6/2013 1:34 am  #6

Re: Rosemary Clooney and Bing

That's good news Malcolm and I'll ask our city library to add a copy to its collection.


10/6/2013 12:37 pm  #7

Re: Rosemary Clooney and Bing

Thanks for the suggestions, Steve. I'll act on them.

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