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01 March 2022

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Rosemary Clooney Chain Smoking Singer – Phantom Dancer 1 March 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Rosemary Clooney was an American singer, actor and radio host. She’s this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist where you’ll hear her in radio broadcasts from the 1950s-60s. She’s also actor, George Clooney’s, aunt.

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It’s incredible that she had the beautiful voice that she had despite the heavy smoking that eventually made the end of her life painful before killing her.

From ‘More Than a Girl Singer’, American Association for Cancer Research,

“A long-time smoker, Clooney was hospitalized in 1996 with acute respiratory failure. At that time, her doctors advised her to quit smoking, but Clooney struggled with her addiction. “Mama called me from the hospital and asked me to bring her cigarettes,” Ferrer (one of her sons)  remembers. “It was so hard for her to stop, though she finally did.”

Toward the end of 2001, Clooney was on the road performing when she began to find it hard to breathe. By the time she arrived home in Beverly Hills a few days before Christmas, she was exhausted. “She could hardly get up the stairs,” says Ferrer. “After two steps, she would have to stop and rest.” Less than a month later, Clooney was diagnosed with stage IIIA non–small cell lung cancer. She died six months later, on June 29, 2002, at her home in Beverly Hills with her family beside her. She was 74.”


In 1945, Rosemary Clooney’s father went out one night with friends to celebrate the end of World War II. He never came back.

Clooney, 17, and her sister, 14, found themselves in a dire situation. They collected soft drink bottles and used what little money they had to buy lunch at school. The rent was overdue, the phone disconnected and the utilities about to be turned off when their luck changed. The teenagers, who had grown up performing at political rallies for their grandfather, the mayor of Maysville, won a singing competition at WLW Cincinnati, a local radio station. The station hired them for a regular late-night spot, with each sister earning $20 a week (almost US$290 in 2021 money).

They sing with Tony Pastor’s Orchestra, broadcasting and recording with the band until 1949 (as you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer mix).

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 recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich and appeared in the early 1950s on Faye Emerson’s Wonderful Town series on CBS. Clooney also did several guest appearances on the Arthur Godfrey radio show.


In 1954, she starred with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen in the movie White Christmas…

Two years later she had her own half-hour syndicated television musical-variety show, The Rosemary Clooney Show. NBC re-launched the show in a prime time slot on 1957 as The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney. It lasted one season. In the late 50s and early 1960s, Clooney often appeared with Bing Crosby on television and radio. You’ll hear an excerpt from a 20-minute CBS radio program they did Monday to Friday for years that aired before the midday news.

Clooney left Columbia Records in 1958, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records and then some for Coral Records. Finally, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963. In 1964, she went to Reprise Records, and in 1965 to Dot Records.

1970s – 2000s

After a hiatus of 11 years due to pills, alcohol and depression, Clooney signed to United Artists Records in 1976 for two albums. From 1977, she recorded an album every year for the Concord Jazz record label until her death. She was also singing on other people’s albums in 70s and 80s

In 1995, Clooney guest-starred in the NBC television medical drama ER (starring her nephew, George Clooney); for her performance, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Here’s Rosemary Clooney on ‘What’s My Line’,


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
Community Radio Network Show CRN #534

107.3 2SER Tuesday 1 March 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
A Date With The Duke
Take The A-Train (theme) + Can’t You Read Between The Lines?
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Back Home Again in Indiana
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
AFRS Re-broadcast
The Wish I Wish
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherill
‘A Date With The Duke’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Set 2
1950s Jazz Radio
Sugar Beat
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WOR Mutual NY
At Sundown
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Hershey Park Ballroom
WLAN ABC Lancaster PA
Give Me The Simple Life
Thelma Carpenter
‘Jazz Arts Concert’
4 Oct 1952
Set 3
Trad Jazz Radio
Bugle Call Rag
Red Nichols
Radio Transcription
Open + South Rampart Street Parade
Preacher Rollo
‘Dixieland Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Apr 1952
Mama’s Gone, Goodbye + St Louis Blues
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
5 Feb 1955
Set 4
Rosemany Clooney
‘S Wonderful
Rosemary & Betty Clooney (voc) Tony Pastor Orchestra
New York City
Sep 1948
Tenderly (theme) + You Make Me Feel So Young
Rosemary Clooney
‘The Rosemary Clooney Show’
2 Nov 1954
Rosemary Clooney
‘Bing Crosby – Rosemary Clooney Show’
20 Mar 1962
It’s a Most Unusual Day + Something to Remember You By
Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby
‘The Bing Crosby Show’
22 Nov 1953
Set 5
1920s Comm Records
Jean Goldkette Orchestra (voc) Keller Sisters
Comm Rec
Camden NJ
15 Oct 1926
Red and Miff’s Stompers
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Feb 1927
Flamin’ Mamie
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra (voc) Joe Sanders
Comm Rec
Camden NJ
21 Dec 1925
Blue Melody Blues
Tiny Praham and his Musicians
Comm Rec
1 Feb 1929
Set 6
Henny Youngman
Love Thy Neighbour (film preview)
Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, Tommy Dorsey & more
Paramount Theatre
WOR Mutual NY
17 Dec 1940
Set 7
 Mid 1940s Swing Radio
Theme + Hamp’s Got a Duke
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
Casa Manana
Culver City Ca
20 Jul 1947
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Ginny Powell
Meadowbrook Gardens
10 Feb 1946
Santa Catalina
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
16 Sep 1947
Andy’s Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
Set 8
Women Radio Singers
Lee Wiley
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Kay Starr (voc) Charlie Barnett Orchestra
‘For the Record’
11 Sep 1944
Robin Hood
Mildred Bailey
‘Music Till Midnight’
12 Feb 1945
I Miss Your Kiss
Joya Sherill (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
12 May 1945
All Gigs
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