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Count Your Blessings
Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

Aria Says, "One of the most beautiful tunes there is.  Makes me feel warm and cozy and gives me chills every time."

(1954)

From the film "White Christmas" with Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney

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Aria's Pick! 
Up Close and Personal:

Bing Crosby
(2 May 1903 – 14 Oct 1977)
née Harry Lillis Crosby

That golden voice, and those warm, fatherly screen images raised so many spirits throughout the years.  Bing is the stuff of wonderful memories.

Bing Crosby "was an American popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977."

"One of the first multimedia stars, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby held a nearly unrivaled command of record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. He is often considered to be among the most popular musical acts in history and is currently the most electronically recorded human voice in history."

"Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and the pope."

"Also during 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music." "In 1947 he invested US$50,000 in the Ampex company, which developed the world's first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder, and Crosby became the first performer in the world to prerecord his radio shows and master his commercial recordings on magnetic tape. He gave one of the first Ampex Model 200 recorders to his friend, musician Les Paul, which led directly to Paul's invention of multitrack recording. Along with Frank Sinatra, he was one of the

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principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders studio complex in Los Angeles."

"In 1962, Crosby was the first person to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award."

Genre: Jazz, Pop standards, Dixieland

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Up Close and Personal:

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Rosemary Clooney
(23 May 1928 - 29 Jun 2002 )

"Rosemary Clooney, an American musical treasure and one of the best friends a song ever had."

"Completing 6 decades as one of America’s most beloved entertainers, Rosemary Clooney garnered numerous awards and may best be recognized for her starring role with Bing Crosby in “White Christmas.” "

"The Wall Street Journal called this Girl Singer “A pop icon and spoken in the same breath as Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.”"

"Her last recording with Concord Records, "Sentimental Journey" garnered her a Grammy Nomination. She didn't win, but was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award on February 28, 2002."

"Several years ago, Rosemary received an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on NBC’s top-rated “ER.”"

Genre: Jazz, Pop, standards, Vocal Jazz

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