Onetime pop superstar Debby Boone returns to New York with a new solo show this week and reflected on her Oscar-winning 1970s pop smash, "You Light Up My Life", as well as memories of growing up with her famous father, Pat Boone's, coterie of showbiz friends - Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney included in a new interview with Tom Dworetzky for the New York Daily News.
Boone relates that well-regarded vocalist Rosemary Clooney was an influence and a friend growing up: "Rosemary was one of the biggest hearted, warm and welcoming people I have ever known. It seemed to me that every time I came to her Beverly Hills home, her back door was wide open. If you happened to be there around dinner time you were always asked to stay, and somehow there was always enough to go around."
She continues, "Having had the privilege of working with Rosemary in concert for several years I saw the importance she placed on surrounding herself with the finest musicians and choosing really great songs. It spoiled me, and I never wanted to settle for less. I also was so taken with how beautiful her phrasing was and how she so elegantly communicated the lyrics of her songs. I hope at least some of that rubbed off on me."
Boone also shares insights into her own father's success in the music industry and her strict upbringing, Boone being a infamous conservative, comparing him to no less than the King himself, Elvis Presley.
Pat Cerasaro is a playwright and screenwriter currently in pre-production on his first feature film.|