Another woman, who not only sang pop but also jazz, was Rosemary Clooney (23.5.1923-29.6.2002). She started her solo career at the beginning of the 1950s and became one of the most popular female singers of the decade in the U.S.
I have a weakness for strange – or let's say unusual – swing songs. In Come On-A My House the prominent instrument is the harpsichord.
Excerpt about the song from Wikipedia:
“The song (written by the two Armenian Americans Ross Bagdasarian and William Saroyan) touches upon traditional Armenian customs of inviting over relatives and friends and providing them with a generously overflowing table of fruits, nuts, seeds, and other foods.
The song was a major hit for Clooney in 1951; it was the first of a number of dialect songs she did. She recorded the song with Mitch Miller and his orchestra and harpsichordist Stan Freeman in the early part of 1951, and the song reached #1 on the Billboard charts, staying in the top position for eight weeks.”
Interesting detail: It was already written in 1939, before it became the major hit with its release by Rosemary Clooney!
The harpsichord, combined with Rosemary Clooney's dialect singing and the high energetic forward pushing rhythm section makes this song a winner!
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