Entertainment Debby Boone

WEG entertainment for Oct. 9: Debby Boone

Debby Boone remembers her mother-in-law in song

rcopley@herald-leader.comOctober 9, 2010 

  • IF YOU GO

    When: 8 p.m. Oct. 9

    Where: The Grand Theatre, Frankfort.

    Tickets: $30-$55.

    Learn more: (502) 352-7469. Grandtheatrefrankfort.org.

    OTHER EVENTS

    Jam Brunch: LexJam Acoustic Café. 11 a.m. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade. Free. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.

    The Bats. 8 p.m. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade. $10. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.

Yes, that is Debby Boone, daughter of Pat and singer of chart-topper You Light Up My Life coming to Frankfort on Saturday.

But she'll have another show-business family and other songs in her heart when she plays the recently renovated Grand Theatre on the last night of the Alltech Fortnight Festival.

Boone will be singing the songs of Kentucky native Rosemary Clooney.

The Clooneys and Boones are united in Debby's marriage to Gabriel Ferrer, son of Clooney and Jose Ferrer. And she paid tribute to her late mother-in-law with the 2005 Concord Records release Reflections on Rosemary.

"This isn't a trip down memory lane," the 54-year-old singer told The Arizona Republic in 2008. "I chose songs that helped me to tell a story about Rosemary. I chose songs in which something about her life was reflected in the song."

Blue Skies appeared because Clooney used to sing it to Boone's oldest child, and The Best Is Yet to Come was a song Boone remembered Clooney using to warm up when they toured together.

There were also authentic Clooney touches in the project. Clooney left Boone her arrangements when she died in 2002, and Boone worked with Clooney's longtime arranger and musical director Johnny Oddo on the disc.

She told the Boston Herald she waited a few years to record the album so people would not interpret it as her trying to profit from her mother-in-law's death.

But, she added, "She left me the music and I think she wanted me to use it."

Reach Rich Copley at (859) 231-3217 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3217.

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