Rosemary Clooney

Look My Way

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For her first new album in 11 years, Rosemary Clooney went to Nashville and, backed by the city's top session musicians (pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins, steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, the Jordanaires, etc.), cut an album of country music. Clooney had recorded plenty of country music in her popular heyday in the early '50s, of course, not to mention her hit version of the Hank Williams standard "Half as Much," which is revisited here. The arrangements on the album may have been straight country, but Clooney sang in her usual manner, never playing up her Kentucky roots. She sounded as good as usual, but no major label in the U.S. was interested, probably seeing no way to market such a disc successfully. Instead, the album was picked up for release by the British division of United Artists Records. It was not a return to form for a singer who had been away from the record racks for a long time, but it did represent a toe in the water for her, indicating that, as she reached her late forties, she still had something to say as a recording artist.

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