An icon imbued a modern hit with a touch of class this past week when the divine Rosemary Clooney’s Magic is the Moonlight was featured in the holiday edition of The Chilling Tales of Sabrina.
Clooney, long regarded as a top notch song stylist, had one of her finest moments when she recorded Love, an album of emotional romantic fare, with Nelson Riddle, her secret paramour at the time. I Wish It Sowas one of the more haunting, atmospheric pieces from that collaboration.
The second issue of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the new comic that puts the beloved golden haired Archie denizen in a spooky 60s setting, briefly features Ann-Margret as one of the teen’s show biz muses and a fellow enchantress in mystical arts. This should come as no surprise to the faithful whom have always found Ann-Margret simply bewitching.
Even when expressing heartbreak, this saucy wonder, whose genre credits include Magic (with Anthony Hopkins) and 2006’s Memory, always sounds as if it won’t be long before she’ll be turning the tables on her target.
Don’t believe me? Check out her 1961 hit I Just Don’t Understand. Later covered by The Beatles, this number was one of the first to feature the fuzz-tone guitar and contains a purring, totally seductive and completely in control performance from our lady of the hour!