Rosemary Clooney’s first and biggest hit was a song she couldn’t stand…
Rosemary Clooney’s first and biggest hit was a song she couldn’t stand.
When Clooney’s bandleader, Mitch Miller, gave her “Come On-a My House” to record, she said she didn’t like it and preferred not to sing it. But Miller was determined – he said she would record the song or be fired. Clooney gave in. Years later she reflected that she could hear the anger in her voice when she listened to the recording.
“Come On-a My House” wasn’t the only song Clooney would record in an exaggerated dialect. Fans of Mad Men might recognize her hit from the following year, “Botch-a-Me.”
Clooney had a great relationship with her famous nephew, George Clooney, with whom she once appeared on a memorable two-episode arc of ER. She won an Emmy for her performance, and younger viewers were introduced to their heartthrob’s very talented aunt.
Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.