The Last Concert Final testaments don't get much more satisfying than this 2001 Honolulu gig that ended up being the 73-year-old "girl singer's" swan song. (It was surreptitious… The Last Concert Final testaments don't get much more satisfying than this 2001 Honolulu gig that ended up being the 73-year-old "girl singer's" swan song. (It was surreptitious… 2002-11-19 Rosemary Clooney
Music Review

The Last Concert (2002)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 19, 2002; Lead Performance: Rosemary Clooney

Final testaments don't get much more satisfying than this 2001 Honolulu gig that ended up being the 73-year-old ''girl singer's'' swan song. (It was surreptitious and serendipitous; Clooney, whose last live album was in '56, was unaware the tape was rolling.) Avoiding ''Come On-a My House'' in favor of Hoagy Carmichael's ''Rocking Chair'' and other lively tunes that resonate with experience, Clooney sounds as if her lower range was the one she'd always worked with. You won't know whether to feel relieved or angry that she left us before getting a chance to diminish.

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints
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