Singer Rosemary Clooney died Sat., June 29 at her home in Beverly Hills from complications related to lung cancer. She was 74.
Born in Maysville, Kentucky in 1928, Clooney began her career by entering amateur events with her sister Betty. After winning a competition that earned them radio time seven nights a week in Cincinnati, the sisters began singing with big bands, first with Barney Rapp and then with the big band of Tony Pastor. Clooney’s first solo recording came in 1946, with “I’m Sorry I Didn’t Say Sorry When I Made You Cry Last Night,” which led to her signing a contract with Columbia in 1948.