Cruising with Rosie

And now, Another gig story from Bill Hindin . . .

RosieWhen I worked for Princess Cruises as senior Musical Director, I was told at the end of a cruise that Rosemary Clooney was coming on the next cruise to talk about her career and do several concerts. She was not bringing on a pianist or Musical Director, so I was told to call her up after we set sail, introduce myself and find out her musical requirements.

So, I nervously called her and she said to come right up. When she opened up her cabin door, there was Rosemary Clooney in her trademark red muumuu with a voice like a baritone. I nervously said “Hi Ms. Clooney I am Bill Hindin the Musical Director.”

I will never forget her kindness when she replied, “My friends call me Rosie. Please call me Rosie.” I exhaled and found her to be a kind, warm, gracious, amazing person and, of course, an incredible performer. The concerts that followed were truly nirvana and a highlight of my performing career.


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