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Debby Boone / "Reflections Of Rosemary"

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Debby Boone "Reflections Of Rosemary", Debby Boone new album to be released on April 26, 2005 (on Concord Records).

Debby Boone's first Concord Records release, "Reflections of Rosemary," is an intimate musical portrait of her mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney. The CD is a collection of 16 songs distinguished by Debby Boone's strong, striking vocal talents and a very personal, emotionally rich story line.

"I wanted to select songs that would give an insight into Rosemary from a family perspective, and from the more than 30-years that I spent with her," says Debby Boone. Although some songs were either recorded or often performed onstage by the "Girl Singer," including Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," and Sammy Cahn and Jule Stynes' "Time After Time," Boone included other tunes for more personal family reasons all of which are lovingly and beautifully described in the liner notes for "Reflections of Rosemary".

Debby Boone movingly details why she included each song on the CD, from Rosemary Clooney's respect for Frank Sinatra ("In The Wee Small House of the Morning"), to a song the family agreed expressed their feelings for Rosemary Clooney and her home, fondly referred to as "The Roxbury House" (Randy Newman's haunting and deceptively simple "I'll Be Home").

"Blue Skies," for example, has special meaning for Debby's son, Jordan. "He was the first of Rosemary Clooney's grandchildren and the relationship they shared for twenty-two years was one of pure joy," explains Debby Boone.

"When Jordan was two years old, Rosemary began singing the song to him. He loved it! She would sing it to him when he was sad, when he took a fall and was crying, anytime he needed his spirits lifted. She'd call him from the road,and he'd listen to her sing it, and it never failed to put a big bright smile on his face."

Debby Boone tips her hat to fate when she performs "It Might As Well Be Spring," a song from the movie "State Fair." The screen version of the musical starred her father, Pat Boone, and was directed by her future father-in-law, Jose Ferrer. Debby Boone says, "When Pat and Jose were working together all those years ago and fast becoming friends, little did they know that 24-years later they would share four grandchildren." And for her husband, Gabriel, Debby selected a joyous expression of love in the Jule Styne / Bob Merrill song, "The Music That Makes Me Dance."

Debby Boone amusingly relates how Clooney used to laugh at her lengthy vocalizing before each show. The extent of Rosemary Clooney's vocal warm-up was a quick pass at the opening melody from "The Best Is Yet to Come." "One good cough and she'd head for the stage," laughs Debby. Rosemary's presence can be felt as Boone sings Dave Frischberg and Johnny Mandel's treasure, "You Are There," while Clooney's good friend, Bing Crosby, is remembered on the CD with the medley from Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, "But Beautiful / Moonlight Becomes You / Like Someone In Love." And, "You're Gonna Hear From Me," has special meaning for John Oddo, Rosemary Clooney's longtime arranger and musical director, as well as the conductor and pianist on "Reflections of Rosemary", it was the first tune he ever arranged for Rosemary.

"Reflections of Rosemary" was produced by Rosemary Clooney's long-time producer / manager Allen Sviridoff, who helped to fill the CD with musicians who had meant a great deal to Rosemary Clooney throughout her career.

In addition to John Oddo, there are special guest appearances by tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and guitarist John Pizzarelli, both of whom toured and recorded with Clooney. Throughout the CD, Debby Boone's beautiful vocals are accompanied by Gary Foster (alto and tenor saxophone), Warren Luening (trumpet, flugelhorn), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Gregg Field (drums), Jim Fox (guitar) and Daniel Greco (percussionist). Cellist Armen Ksajikian appears on "I'll Be Home;" Dan Higgins appears on "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry" (tenor sax) and on "It Might Be As Well Be Spring" (alto flute).

Debby Boone earned instant fame in 1977 when "You Light Up My Life" became an overnight hit. The tune, which outranked even The Beatles by claiming the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for ten straight weeks, sold in excess of four million copies; the album went platinum with sales in excess of two million. The song went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture, and Debby Boone received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year. Since her remarkable entree into the music industry, she has won two additional Grammy Awards and has received seven Grammy nominations.

Debby Boone has starred as the lead in numerous stage productions, such as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on Broadway and as Maria in Lincoln Center's 30th Anniversary production of The Sound of Music, which garnered a Drama Desk nomination. She also starred as Rizzo in the Broadway production of Grease, and toured nationally in Meet Me In St. Louis. Most recently, Debby performed the role of Anna in the 50th Anniversary staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I and launched her symphony program "Debby Boone Sings Stage and Screen." Debby Boone has also written six charming children's books in collaboration with her husband, Gabriel Ferrer, who created the illustrations for the best-selling series.

This latest project, "Reflections of Rosemary," is clearly more than just a performance for Debby Boone, however. It is a deeply heart-felt tribute to a woman for whom she had great love and respect.




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Here's Steven Bryan!!! So good to see him!!

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Yes, Betty - the gang is almost all here.

Hey, Steven, I've never heard of Debby Boone (I live in this backwater called England). I've heard of Connie Francis though!
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Re: Steven

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webmaster wrote:Hey, Steven, I've never heard of Debby Boone (I live in this backwater called England).
Poor Bryan. :cry: Here you go:

Debby Boone (b. September 22, 1956) is an American singer and theater actress, best known for her 1977 movie theme and hit, "You Light Up My Life", which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the charts. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, she was the daughter of a famous singer, 1950s icon Pat Boone, and later added to her musical relations by marrying Gabriel Ferrer, brother of actor Miguel Ferrer and son of Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer.

When asked who it was that 'lit up her life', Debby said it was God that she was singing about, but the popularity of her first hit grew to be an annoyance. "Nobody would let me do anything else," she says. "It got a little frustrating. On TV, they would let me sing another song if I sang that one. It was never even my favorite song to begin with."

Boone is no one-hit wonder, reaching No. 1 on the country charts a few years later with "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again". She was a major presence on the Christian-music scene in the 1980s, winning two Dove Awards to add to her three Grammys. Theater kept her busy in the 1990s. She earned solid reviews for The King and I, The Sound of Music and the bad girl role of Rizzo in Grease and together with her husband has written books and recorded songs for children.

The mother of four told an interviewer, "...I would be happy at a piano bar, singing. I just want to home in on being the best singer I can be."

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Unread post by DorisDayFanatic »

Yeah Debbie Boone, has a good voice.


Unread post by dave »

Just mentioned in Off-Topics under "Susan Anton" that Debby Boone will perform Aug 1st in San Francisco at an AIDS benefit along with Susan, Jane Russell, Sally Kellerman, Lorna Luft, and many others.

(It's a centennial celebration of the music of Jule Styne and Harold Arlen, so she won't be singing You Light Up My Life.)



Unread post by Vinton »

Aren't the performers a little up there in age to be doing such a demanding stint, Jane Russel is not even a singer.

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Jane Russell

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Jane Russell "is" a singer as well as an actress. I adore her. She sang (very well too) in many of her films and continued to sing in cabaret etc long after her film career ended.

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