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Jo Stafford

One of the most technically gifted and popular vocalists of the immediate postwar period, Jo Stafford effortlessly walked the line between breezy pop and the more serious art of post-big-band jazz singing. With the help of her husband, top-flight arranger and Capitol A&R director Paul Weston, Stafford recorded throughout the '40s and '50s for Capitol and Columbia. She also contributed (with Weston) to one of the best pop novelty acts of the period, a hilariously inept and off-key satire that saw the couple billed as Jonathan & Darlene Edwards.

Born near Fresno, CA, Stafford sang from an early age and was classically trained, though she later joined her sisters in a country-tinged act (associated for a time with Joe "Country" Washburne). At the age of just 17, she became the first female voice in the seven-man vocal act known as the Pied Pipers. Soon after the group joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1939, however, it was pruned to a quartet (which also included Stafford's first husband, co-founder John Huddleston). The group appeared on several of the Dorsey band's hits of the early '40s, a few of which paired them with Frank Sinatra. Stafford gained her first solo spots on a pair of Dorsey band hits, "Yes, Indeed!" and "Manhattan Serenade." She finally left the Pied Pipers for a solo contract in 1944 (she was replaced by June Hutton), though the group provided backup for many of her initial solo hits.

Not only signed to Capitol but able to preview hit songs as the co-host of label founder Johnny Mercer's radio program, Stafford hit the charts with the mid-'40s songs "Long Ago (And Far Away)," "I Love You," and "Candy." The latter, a duet with Mercer and the Pied Pipers, became her first number one. In 1948, her duet with Gordon MacRae on "My Darling, My Darling" became her second. She later moved to Columbia and recorded the two biggest hits of her career, 1952's "You Belong to Me" and 1954's "Make Love to Me." Stafford gained her own television program during the mid-'50s, and also recorded the first LP by Jonathan & Darlene Edwards, American Popular Songs. (It wasn't the first time Stafford had used a pseudonym, however; in 1947, she billed herself as Cinderella G. Stump to record a cover of the cornpone single "Temptation [Tim-Tay-Shun].") Though she slipped from the charts in the late '50s and retired from performance, Stafford continued to record for many years and issued the LP Getting Sentimental Over Tommy Dorsey on Reprise in 1963. She also founded Corinthian Records, with Weston, to reissue the couple's various recordings. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Yes Indeed!

Disc 1

1. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry

3. For You

4. Yes Indeed

5. Swingin' On Nothin'

6. Let's Just Pretend

9. Embraceable You

10. Blues In The Night

11. The Night We Called It A Day

12. Manhattan Serenade

14. Old Acquaintance

15. How Sweet You Are

16. Too Marvellous For Words

17. I Remember You

18. It Could Happen To You

19. Long Ago And Far Away

20. I Love You

21. The Trolley Song

24. I Didn't Know About You

Disc 2

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

4. Let's Take The Long Way Home

5. I'll Be Seeing You

6. Candy

7. There's No You

8. That's For Me

9. Symphony

10. Day By Day

11. The Boy Next Door

12. Over The Rainbow

13. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

14. Sometimes I'm Happy

15. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

16. Ridin' On The Gravy Train

18. This Is Always

20. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song

21. The Things We Did Last Summer

22. Fools Rush In

23. A Sunday Kind Of Love

24. Ivy

Disc 3

1. Almost Like Being In Love

2. Smoke Dreams

3. I'm So Right Tonight

4. Love And The Weather

5. Feudin' And A Fightin'

7. The Stanley Steamer

8. Serenade Of The Bells

9. The Gentleman Is A Dope

11. Autumn In New York

12. He's Gone Away

13. The Best Things In Life Are Free

14. I Never Loved Anyone

15. Once And For Always

16. Roses Of Picardy

18. Through The Years

19. In The Still Of The Night

20. Haunted Heart

21. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

23. This Is The Moment

24. Congratulations

25. Make Believe

Disc 4

1. If I Loved You

2. Suspicion

6. My Darling, My Darling

8. On The Alamo

9. Always True To You Darling In My Fashion

10. 'a' You're Adorable

11. Why Can't You Behave

12. Some Enchanted Evening

13. Whispering Hope

15. Ragtime Cowboy Joe

17. Red River Valley

18. Scarlet Ribbons

20. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

22. Play A Simple Melody

23. No Other Love

24. Autumn Leaves

25. La Vie En Rose

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Track List: The Columbia Hits Collection

1. You Belong To Me

2. Make Love To Me

3. Keep It A Secret

4. Shrimp Boats

5. If

6. Jambalaya

13. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time

14. It's Almost Tomorrow

16. Somebody

18. Suddenly There's A Valley

20. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I

21. Early Autumn

22. On London Bridge

23. Thank You For Calling

29. Teach Me Tonight

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Track List: Coming Back Like A Song

1. Yes, Indeed!

2. Manhattan Serenade

3. It Could Happen To You

4. Long Ago And Far Away

5. I Love You

6. The Trolley Song

7. Out Of This World

8. Candy

9. There's No You

10. That's For Me

11. Symphony

12. Day By Day

13. Baby Won't You Please Come Home?

15. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song

16. The Things We Did Last Summer

17. Promise

19. Ivy

20. Temptation

21. I'm So Right Tonight

22. Feudin' And Fightin'

23. Serenade Of The Bells

25. White Christmas

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Track List: Capitol Collectors Series

1. Old Acquaintance

2. How Sweet You Are

3. Long Ago (And Far Away)

4. I Love You

5. It Could Happen To You

6. The Trolley Song

7. There's No You

8. That's For Me

9. Symphony

10. Ridin' On The Gravy Train

11. This Is Always

12. The Things We Did Last Summer

13. Smoke Dreams

14. Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)

15. I'm So Right Tonight

16. Serenade Of The Bells

17. I Never Loved Anyone

18. He's Gone Away

19. Congratulations

20. Once And For Always

21. Some Enchanted Evening

22. Whispering Hope

23. Ragtime Cowboy Joe

24. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)

25. It's Great To Be Alive

26. No Other Love

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Track List: Jo & Jazz

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newdaynow51
Her voice caught me off guard, she has that classical old world , rich sounding voice...very pleasant and meaningful to me.
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Best version of this song ever!
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Call me 435 225 2045
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gbrinkmeier2 0 0 4
Wish I was born in about 80 yrs earlier!!!(e x c e p t for I would miss my Gen)!!!
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gbrinkmeier2 0 0 4
When u pres me to your heart I'm in a world apart....... .
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will always love her. wish I met her when we were in our 20s a long time ago.by far one of the best voices I have ever heard. and I've heard many. NTF
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nowitsmine9
Kiss and tell me later.
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I have not heard Jo Stafford's voice in ages...great vocalist, wonderful!
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Can't beat voice and songs! You Belong To Me always draws at one's heart! oldies'
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oldualer2
Have loved her since, but the 50's. You belong to me still gets to me. Great talent.
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I was born at the wrong time too!!!
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WOW WHAT A VOICE! WHAT A SONG!
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Freesia
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I, too, was born in the wrong era; I have loved Jo Stafford's voice since I was about 14 years old. Love those Big Band singers!.
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This is the most beautiful song
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Sublime!
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Beautiful voice!!
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Like ! !
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renebalatbat
No other love is my all time favorite
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My favorite vocalist. She was a classy lady,
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My favorite vocalist since I heard Shrimp Boats when I was a kid in the 50's. Check out her version of St Louis Blues
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I just found out about her a few days ago, but I'm already in love.
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Never heard if this singer before though I have heard this song many times. Beautiful rendition, gorgeous voice. I will listen to more of Jo Stafford. Would never have found this without Pandora - and no - I don't work for them. Just find the musical selections I have been exposed to here way off my beaten path with some very pleasant surprises - like this one.
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billnicol3
I will always remember Charles Gerhardt, arranger and conductor of the London National Philharmonic
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I love her so f**king much it burns!
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smooth as silk. The best of the best.
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i lived in the wrong era !!!
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wHERE CAN I FIND Maggie's bACK IN TOWN
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bernief475
Still unmatched!
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Jo Staffprd sings with a beautiful yet wailing warmth of a voice that nobody else does..
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And the lyrics were beautiful, decent, sane and made sense.
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I'll betcha you old codgers remember Snooky Lancen and the Lucky Strike Hit Parade. This old codger does. LSMFT..Lucky Strike means fine tobacco. Shrimp boast are a com'in there's dance'in tonight.
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What a rich, beautiful voice.
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jo stafford singing i never loved anyone is on of my all time great songs
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La Vie En Rose>>>>>>ba c k when songs had melodies
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So beautiful <3
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moehog8
wake up pandora
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cpeters372
The Edwards album is so funny! The album cover makes you start chuckling then the songs are brilliant. What a gifted couple!
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kodiak48
Jo Stafford was my Uncle's favorite female vocalist...S o , I had to find some of her work and it wasn't easy! So grateful for Pandora!!!
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angelic
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Jo Stafford is my favorite singer from the war years. Her voice is simply beautiful!
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ahhhhhh Vera Lynn a soldiers dream. lol she does have a lovely voice
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such a lovely voice
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robertfische r 1 2 3
Listen to this great talent every chance I get
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Job Stafford is an anomaly
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she always was and will always be my favorite singer i will always listen to her music

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Yes she is the greatest singer I ever heard I'm down to earth everytime l listen to her song no other love. The theme song with my wife for five decades listening together
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WOW ! what a voice what a song
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rlifshotz
When I started dating again - sometime after losing my dear wife of 31 years - made a list of requirements for any potential dates/relati o n s h i p s
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