The 2nd Annual Rosemary Clooney
Saturday, September 30, 2000
Prior to the actual dinner and concert, the town was abuzz with all kinds of activity, including radio host/star's brother, Nick Clooney interviewing Maysville Mayor, David W. Cartmell. During the interview broadcast on Cincinnati's Original Hits Station AM 1530, David informed listners that over 2000 people would be fed during the festival's dinner and that this year they had added more screens so those seated further from the stage would be able to see and hear better. Mayor Cartmell also announced that folks should check out the Walk of Fame in front of the Russell Theatre as many of the bricks with supporter's names had been placed for this, the premier event in town!
Rosemary's manager, Allen tests the sound system as part of the pre-concert set-up.
The concert stage was beautifully adorned with gorgeous flowers.
Matt Catingub a.k.a. THE BIG KAHUNA, does his own pre-concert sound check.
The theatre's marque welcomes Maysville's stars home.
Just two of the bricks that are part of the theatre's
Walk of Fame.
Nick visiting with fans prior to the evening's official beginning.
Rosemary's sister-in-law Nina Clooney with Blanchie Mae.
And this was dessert.
Nick Clooney served as the M.C. for the evening.
President of Rescue the Ressell, James Tierney updates guests on the progress of the restoration.
Sponsor for the event, Maysville Chrysler, presents Duff Giffen
John Oddo serves as Rosemary's accompanist and conductor for the evening.
Nick tells folks that he is the only one in the crowd who already
knows what his obituary will read:
He introduced his sister by saying that she started her public
Rosemary begins the evening with "Sentimental Journey".
At the end of her first number, Rosemary comments, "isn't
this a band and a half?
Rosemary, as if catching up with old friends, talks about Trexels,
Before singing "Just in Time" a song she recorded not to
long ago with the Bassie band,
John started to play before Rosemary started to sing,
Rosemary goes from "Just in Time," to "Lovely Day" and really holds that last note.
Rosemary's next piece was a song she described as an "old
After introducing the song, "Rocking Chair"
She gets a kick out of the lyrics to "Rocking Chair".
Then Rosemary tells her grandson Harry story. The one where he
gets her to sing
She sings "Hey There" the whole darn thing.
Rosemary then introduces her very special guest, her
daughter-in-law, Debby Boone,
Debby sings her signature song You Light Up My Life...
...and the audience is moved to still quietness.
Nick then introduces Maysville's own Heather Renee French, Miss America.
Matt, soloing on "The Very Thought of You."
Before exiting the stage, Heather thanks Rosemary for being a
mentor to her,
After Heather leaves, Rosemary recounts a story of when Heather
came to see her in New York,
Rosemary then looks at John and says, "What's up?"
It was "When October Goes" a song that Johnny Mercer
penned the lyrics to,
Rosemary imbues this song with such emotion, you can't help but be moved.
Before Rosemary's next song, the crowd was informed that Mrs.
Her next selection was what she refers to as her Revenge Medley....
"I Cried for You"
"Who's Sorry Now"
Rosemary was presented with roses and then calls for "the girls" to come out.
While she's waiting for everyone to get in place, she and Nick,
who is sitting in the front row,
Rosemary indicates that she'll have to start this next song,
Their closing number is "Our Love is Here to Stay" which Rosemary opens....and then......
much to her dismay, the fireworks that are supposed to go off at
the end of the song,
they get back to business.....
and they give the crowd a great finale
And like always......
Dante comes to escort his lovely wife off stage as she says her thanks.
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