Rosemary Clooney

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birthday (4/7/15), I've put together a one-hour special celebrating her work that'll air on Saturday, April 11th at 11pm.  You'll hear from jazz vocalist Amy London, former WNOP disc jockey Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and musician Ron Esposito who interviews John Szwed about his new book on Billie. There are plenty of songs by Billie Holiday as well as tunes performed by four vocalists who recorded tribute albums of her work...Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Rosemary Clooney, and  Cassandra Wilson.

Many younger audiences know her from the classic movie, White Christmas. But to millions, Rosemary 

Maysville, Kentucky’s favorite daughter, Rosemary Clooney, is the subject of a new play opening November 20 at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical was written by local playwrights Janet Vogt and Mark Friedman, and they join Rick Pender to talk about bringing the life and music of George Clooney’s famous aunt to the stage.

**JUST ANNOUNCED: Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical has been extended through January 4, 2015.

Rosemary Clooney: Big Band Singer

May 1, 2013

Update: Rosemary Clooney: Big Band Singer will be re-broadcast on Saturday, August 3rd at 10pm.

This two-hour special, in honor of her 85th birthday on May 23rd, focuses on the big band career of local favorite Rosemary Clooney. Beginning with her performances with the Tony Pastor Band, the special highlights other big bands she worked with including Duke Ellington, Nelson Riddle, Woody Herman, and Count Basie. You’ll enjoy songs from Rosemary Clooney’s 1956 show, plus, interviews with some of her family and friends, including her brother Nick; friend and host of Song Travels on WVXU, Michael Feinstein;  jazz vocalist Amy London; drummer Jeff Hamilton; and Cincinnati Pops violinist Stacy Woolley. Hosted by Bill Cartwright and produced by Lee Hay.