Beginning her professional singing career at age 14 on WLW Radio, Betty Clooney was soon touring America and recording with her sister, Rosemary, as a duo for bandleader Tony Pastor. Tired of the road after a few years, she returned to Cincinnati to become a pioneer in early television. While still a teenager, she hosted her own shows Teen Canteen and Boy Meets Girl on WLWT while also performing as the vocalist for Ruth Lyons 50-50 Club.
She began recording as a solo artist in 1950 for King Records as part of that company’s attempt to break into the pop music market. Later, she signed with RCA and Coral Records while working on several national network TV programs including The Morning Show with Jack Paar for CBS. Betty gave up her career to concentrate on raising her four children. Tragically, she died at age 45.
Join Betty’s brother, Nick Clooney, and her son, Dr. Carlos Campo, as they discuss the life and career of this talented and spirited performer and sister of singer Rosemary Clooney.
This event is offered as part of the King Records 74th Anniversary Celebration.
Who: King Studios and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
What: Betty Clooney: Ohio's 'Adopted' Girl Singer
Where: The Main Library Atrium, 800 Vine St., Downtown Cincinnati
When: 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017