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Rosemary Clooney got all the accolades, but she had a little sister who tried to follow in her footsteps as a solo singer after they had both toured with the Tony Pastor Orchestra. Betty Clooney launched her own career in the early fifties with performances like this at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.

Tips on Tables - By Robert W. Dana - August 25, 1954

New Clooney Thrush Wins Plaudits

A day will come when Betty Clooney will remember last night, Aug. 24, when she was the focal point of interest in a new program of entertainment at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf Astoria. She will remember it, danaI think, as a night when she was graciously received on a bill that includes such pros as Henry King and his orchestra and the exquisite adagio dancers, The Adreas.

Miss Clooney is a young performer of much promise, who happens to have a sister named Rosemary, whose promise already has been fulfilled. Betty is coming along In fine style ,has many admirers as a result of her work on the Jack Paar TV show, has made records and many friends.

Singer Lacks Polish.

At the Waldorf last night she tried her wings In a top local cafe showcase, again with many admirers to wish her well. Her performance was well varied clooney flyerand sprightly, yet lacking the professional polish she probably will have after a few outings.

Call it immaturity. I found her fresh and of the ingenue type, one whose forte is hep, lowdown numbers like "A Good Man" and "My Man." She has a way with a lyric that can curl your emotions, and I suspect she'll be turning certain ballads into Clooney (Betty, that is) standards.

Betty's mother taught her to smile and shake hands. She does in a pleasing first meeting with her audience, "April In Paris" and "Jealous" are following numbers. that help everyone relax with her. And then she has a number called "Teddy Bear."

This "Teddy Bear" is the crux of her performance. A sweet little girl at ringside admired the stuffed animal she used as a prop. The audience Letterwas listening for a social song. Parts of it had a neat theme, but interpolations of other songs destroyed what might have been a real triumph.

I, for one, wish she had sung a complete song about this little fellow. At any rate, it was a nice performance. Miss Adrea, the beauteous female of the adagio dance act, keeps perfect form and poise as her partners, one with gray hair, the other a much younger chap, throw her around in debonair fashion. They make everything look so easy, just like the Hermanos Williams Trio, seen in this room.

Nice to have Henry King and his boys back. They play all kinds of music the way you like it, with Mischia Borr and his orchestra dividing the dancing chores.

THE REVIEWS
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Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
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Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
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K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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