Music: The Wholesome Type

Across the U.S. last week, Rosemary Clooney's appealing voice was as omnipresent as jukeboxes and disk jockeys. Two of her records were high on the bestseller lists, and a third sold 100,000 in its first week. In a little over a year, she had shot up from the ruck of the second-stringers to rank as No. 1 popular songstress in the U.S.

Rosemary always sounds the way the pretty girls next door ought to sound. In the most sentimental of her hit records, Half as Much, her voice has an easy smoothness, an unsophisticated warmth. As she bounces along in Botch-a-Me, she...

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