1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Jo Stafford (born November 12, 1917)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: You Belong To Me 1952
Jo Stafford also had hits with No Other Love in 1950, Shrimp Boats in 1951, Jambalaya in 1952, and Make Love to Me in 1954.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1944-1957 Record Label: Columbia
Classically trained and technically gifted, Jo Stafford was born in Coalinga, California. She was a member of Tommy Dorsey’s vocal group, the Pied Pipers whose recordings included Candy, Yes Indeed, and Manhattan Serenade in the early forties. At Capitol records she recorded Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart in 1948 and Whispering Hope in 1949, both with Gordon MacRae, then a string of solo hits in the fifties. Admired for the range, warmth, and purity of her voice, Jo Stafford is considered one of the most versatile singers of the era. At Columbia Records she was the first artist to sell twenty-five million records. She was accompanied on her recordings by her husband and top-flight arranger Paul Weston and his Orchestra. As a lark, the couple released a bad-lounge-act comedy album—he was the inept Jonathan Edwards playing on an untuned piano and she was Darlene Edwards, an off-key singer. The 1961 cult favorite won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album. Jo Stafford died in 2008.