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The Legacy...

Artwork: Christy Litster. Photo Credit: Christopher Menard

Throughout her time in radio...

...Rosalie Trombley was personally responsible for boosting the careers of several seminal musical artists of the period. These included Alice Cooper, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Anka, Tony Orlando, Gordon Lightfoot, The Poppy Family, The MC5, Ted Nugent and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Some of the songs made famous, in large part, because of Rosalie Trombley include:

  • Heavy Music and Ramblin Gamblin Man by Bob Seger

  • Show Time by the Detroit Emeralds

  • Both Sides Now by Judy Collins

  • I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper

  • Sweet Sweet Baby (Since You Been Gone) by Aretha Franklin

  • These Eyes by the Guess Who

  • I Want You Back by the Jackson 5

  • Love Child by Diana Ross and the Supremes

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross

  • Do I Love You by Paul Anka

  • If You Could Read My Mind and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

  • Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

  • Cloud Nine by The Temptations

  • What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder

  • Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones

  • Me and Mr. Jones by Billy Paul

  • If You Don’t Know Me By Now by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

  • Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen

Rosalie Trombley Scholarship

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In 2012, St. Clair College first decided to establish the Rosalie Trombley Scholarship for students in the Music Theatre Performance program when suitable applications come through.

Recipients of this scholarship thus far include:

  • Skylar Serafim (2022)

  • Alexander Wyant (2022)

  • Page Moore (2021)

  • Claire Jones-Fright (2021)

  • Gariella Macerollo (2020)

  • Alexandrea Kennedy (2020)

  • Aurora McClennan (2019)

  • Aidan Coutts (2019)

  • Nathanael Judah (2018)

  • Camille Blott (2017)

Dream Maker

-in memory of Rosalie Trombley

How did you do it,

to know what worked,

which song would make it

or who would listen?

Lyric, melody, intro, bridge,

coda, energy, spunk, funk.

Was it foot tapping appeal,

or a car radio’s best blast

that steered the transistor

transformation of the

soundtrack of our lives?

You chose wisely,

tight and trendy,

with lyrics that made

us laugh or cry.

Was it music magic or

hit single sorcery?


We grew up with your Top Thirty

and phoned in our Big 8 favorites.

We knew nothing of your alchemy,

or how you became the

“girl with the golden ear”.

You stayed behind the scenes,

preserved your integrity,

your steadfast devotion to task.

You did your job, raised your family,

and forged the profile of women

in a demanding industry,

a pioneer, incomparable.


Now you fashion playlists

for angels and others

who continue to dance

with perpetual gratitude.

Peter Hrastovec


“She’s quite the mediator – a smoother operator, you will never see. Knows music. No music till you see – she’s got the power, got the tower, Rosalie.”

- “Rosalie” written by Bob Seger

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