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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, Rovi
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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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Kuncllesotoo l
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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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Jo Stafford was my Meema's favorite female vocalist. Although Meema never got the opportunity to prove it through geneology she was certain that Jo was of the same Stafford family as she was!! After Meema passed away in 2010 I got to have her Jo Stafford cd, every time I listen to Jo, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, or the others from that great era in our history I think of my Meema and all she shared with me of her life, family, friends and music. Its because of my Meema that I have the love an
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a-liststar
What a beautiful voice. To bad she's not more well known today.
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drdumont7
The most haunting, plaintive voice ever. I could pick her voice out of a crowd. So beautiful. And the Jonathan and Darlene Edwards records are incredibly hilarious. What a talent, not to be found anywhere today. Yes, I gush, but she lives up to all the praise.
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One of my father's favorite singers. Her version of La Vie En Rose is wonderful!
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chocks004
As an entertainmen t writer in Hawaii, I got a call from Paul Weston one day; he asked his wife, Jo to say hello to me, a perfect stranger. Without hesitation, she spoke with me a few minutes, a personable, down to earth star whom I hardly heard of in 1971; years later, I am very proud to have had that moment with her. They came to Hawaii quite a few times and Weston had written a pop tune, The Hasegawa General Store which was a humorous take off on a well known shop in Hana.
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GOOD MUSIC,TAKES US ON MEMEORY LANE
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fandbmc
M. Blain, what a wonderful rememberence of your Dad. God Bless you. Frank Mc
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taria234
MR BLACKIE ALSO LIKES SONGS LIKE DORIS DAY AND CHER AND MANY OTHER WOMEN SINGER HE IS A ROMANCE FROM THE HEART
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jerrybetty
Jo Stafford was the best of the best. She had a wonderful voice. God rest her soul.
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Jo is great!
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charliecat12 3 4
Love This song!!!!!!!!
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m.blain
One of my fondest memories was learning all Jo's songs with my father who did a short stint with Dorsey during WWII. He always told me that I had her same voice quality along with KayStarr ... if only. I went on to study voice at UOP but due to a catastrophic accident sometime ago I can no longer sing the same. No Other Love Dad and I had them all down. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it ... Thank you Dad for the heart and soul you passed to me! I no we will sing with the Angels
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