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Arlene Corsano

For over 12 years, Arlene Corsano (pictured, right) has worked on projects designed to bring recognition to the legendary, but mostly forgotten, Rose Marie McCoy (pictured, left). She began with writing newspaper articles, went on to writing the book for a musical, and finally completed Thought We Were Writing the Blues: But They Called It Rock 'n' Roll, the songwriter’s biography. Arlene is happy that her efforts succeeded in getting Rose Marie McCoy inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and has also gotten the Smithsonian Institute and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture interested in collecting audio for a Rose Marie McCoy exhibit. Arlene says it was a pleasure working with the warm and witty songwriter and hopes her efforts to get her into the Songwriters Hall of Fame will one day bear fruit.