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Jo Stafford

Biography

Probably one of the most technically gifted and popular vocalists from the immediate postwar period, Jo Stafford effortlessly walked the collection between breezy pop as well as the more serious artwork of post-big-band jazz performing. By using her spouse, top-flight arranger and Capitol A&R movie director Paul Weston, Stafford documented through the entire ’40s and ’50s for Capitol and Columbia. She also added (with Weston) to 1 of the greatest pop novelty functions of the time, a hilariously inept and off-key satire that noticed the few billed as Jonathan & Darlene Edwards. Given birth to near Fresno, CA, Stafford sang from an early on age group and was classically qualified, though she later on became a member of her sisters inside a country-tinged take action (associated for a while with Joe “Nation” Washburne). At age simply 17, she became the very first female voice within the seven-man vocal take action referred to as the Pied Pipers. Immediately after the group became a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1939, nevertheless, it had been pruned to some quartet (which also included Stafford’s 1st spouse, co-founder John Huddleston). The group made an appearance on many of the Dorsey band’s strikes of the first ’40s, some of which combined them with Frank Sinatra. Stafford obtained her first single spots on a set of Dorsey music group strikes, “Yes, Certainly!” and “Manhattan Serenade.” She finally remaining the Pied Pipers for any solo agreement in 1944 (she was changed by June Hutton), although group offered backup for most of her preliminary solo strikes. Not only agreed upon to Capitol but in a position to preview strike songs because the co-host of label creator Johnny Mercer’s radio plan, Stafford strike the charts using the middle-’40s tracks “WAY BACK WHEN (And A LONG WAY AWAY),” “I REALLY LIKE You,” and “Chocolate.” The last mentioned, a duet with Mercer as well as the Pied Pipers, became her first number 1. In 1948, her duet with Gordon MacRae on “My Darling, My Darling” became her second. She afterwards shifted to Columbia and documented both biggest strikes of her profession, 1952’s “You Participate in Me” and 1954’s “HAVE SEX if you ask me.” Stafford obtained her own tv program through the middle-’50s, and in addition recorded the very first LP by Jonathan & Darlene Edwards, American Well-known Tracks. (It wasn’t the very first time Stafford had utilized a pseudonym, nevertheless; in 1947, she billed herself as Cinderella G. Stump to record a cover from the cornpone one “Enticement [Tim-Tay-Shun].”) Though she slipped through the graphs in the past due ’50s and retired from efficiency, Stafford continuing to record for quite some time and released the LP Obtaining Sentimental Over Tommy Dorsey on Reprise in 1963. She also founded Corinthian Information, with Weston, to reissue the couple’s numerous recordings.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jo Stafford
Died July 16, 2008, Century City, California, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Education Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Nationality American
Parents Grover Cleveland Stafford, Anna Stafford
Siblings Christine Stafford, Pauline Stafford
Awards Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs You Belong to Me, No Other Love, I'll Be Seeing You, Long Ago and Far Away, 'a' You're Adorable, Shrimp Boats, Too Marvelous For Words, Make Love to Me, Haunted Heart, Yes, Indeed!, Moonlight in Vermont, Manhattan Serenade, Autumn Leaves, Some Enchanted Evening, The Nearness of You, Blue Moon, The Things We Did Last Summer, I Remember You, September in the Rain, Whispering Hope, Teach Me Tonight, How Sweet You Are, Begin the Beguine, Early Autumn, It Is No Secret, The Gentleman Is a Dope, Whatcha Know Joe, My Romance, Sometimes I'm Happy, Beyond the Sunset, Pretty Eyed Baby, The Old Rugged Cross
Albums Jo + Jazz, Autumn in New York, Once Over Lightly, Starring Jo Stafford, Joyful Season, Songs of Scotland, Getting Sentimental over Tommy Dorsey, American Folk Songs, The Piano Artistry of Jonathan Edwards, Memory Songs, Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather, The Hits of Jo Stafford, Jo & Friends, Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris, Broadway Revisited, Kiss Me, Kate, Yesterday - The Definitive Duo, Autumn In New York And Other Classics, Live in London, 1959, Great to Be Alive, Big City Sounds, Gordon & Jo, Reader's Digest Music: Jo Stafford with Paul Weston - Rare Covers and Re-Records, Longing, Highlights of Jo Stafford, Christmas World 50s & 60s Hits Vol. 27, All The Top Ten Hits (Plus Exclusive Interview), Remembering Heart, Highlights of Jo Stafford, Vol. 2, Beautiful Isles, This Is the Moment, Masterpiece Collection of Jo Stafford, Selected Sides 1943 to 1960, All The Things You Are, There's Peace In The Vally, Jo Stafford & Friends, Jo Stafford Fifty Favourites Volume 2, Ladies In Jazz - Jo Stafford Vol 2, Beautiful Venice, Teach Me Tonight, Best Hits Collection of Jo Stafford, Jo Stafford Fifty Favourites, Too Marvellous For Words, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 169 - EP: Love's Old Sweet Song, Christmas, The Platinum Collection - Jo Stafford, Beyond the Stars, Rarity Music Pop, Vol. 336 (I'll Be Seeing You), Music of My Life, Jo Sings for You
Nominations NME Award for Favourite US Female Singer, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Female Singer
TV Shows The Jo Stafford Show, The Sid Caesar Show


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#Fact
1 Fellow jazz singer Billie Holiday once said in an interview that Stafford was her favorite music artist because she found her to be so ladylike.
2 Was a favorite singer of actor William Powell who collected everyone of her albums.
3 She was a lifelong Republican and over the years supported such conservative men as Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush. She was even an honored guest and singer at a luncheon hosted at the White House by Mamie Eisenhower in 1954.
4 She was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1625 Vine Street; for Radio at 1709 Vine Street; and for Television at 7270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Sang in The Stafford Sisters, a vocal sister trio with her two older siblings, Pauline Stafford and Christine Stafford.
6 The Pied Pipers went from an octet to a quartet once they began working with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1939.
7 She was a favorite singer of GI's during WWII. Servicemen affectionately called her GI Jo.
8 The only Grammy Jo won was as her off-key singing alter-ego Darlene Edwards when she won "Best Comedy Album" in 1960.
9 Her parents were Grover Cleveland Stafford and Anna (York) Stafford. The family moved to Long Beach, California when she was young and where she had five years of classical voice training.
10 Began her solo career after leaving the Dorsey Orchestra in 1942 with the new Capitol Records label. She later moved to Colubmia Records in 1950 and then back to Capitol in 1961.
11 Despite her brief time as a solo artist (she ended her career in the 1960s), she sold more than 25 million records.
12 Her first husband was The Pied Pipers singer John Huddleston.
13 Had two children with second husband Paul Weston. Tim became a musician and record producer and Amy a singer.
14 From 1944 through 1957, she had 83 records on Billboard's pop music charts as a solo artist.
15 1960 Grammy Award winner (as Darlene Edwards) in Best Comedy Performance-Musical category for "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards In Paris" with husband Paul Weston (as Jonathan Edwards).
16 Member of The Pied Pipers from 1938-1944.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game performer: "Personality"
I Saw the Light 2015 performer: "Tennessee Waltz"
Carol 2015 performer: "No Other Love"
Love Hotel 2014 Documentary performer: "Tea For Two" lyrics by nm0128371 & music by nm0949207
Kill Your Darlings 2013 performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
The Walking Dead 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moeder, ik wil bij de revue 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Master 2012 performer: "No Other Love"
Stories We Tell 2012 Documentary performer: "Ain't Misbehavin"
The Deep Blue Sea 2011 performer: "You Belong to Me"
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "MAKE LOVE TO ME" - uncredited
A Single Man 2009 performer: "Blue Moon" 1934
Youth in Revolt 2009 performer: "My Romance"
Cold Case TV Series 1 episode, 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Normal 2003 TV Movie performer: "Long Ago and Far Away"
Blue Moon 2000 performer: "You Belong to Me"
The End of the Affair 1999 performer: "Haunted Heart"
Liberty Heights 1999 performer: "Teach Me Tonight"
The Straight Story 1999 performer: "Happy Times"
Psycho 1998 performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Lolita 1997 performer: "Tim-Tayshun" - as Cinderella G. Stump
Fallen Angels 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Household Saints 1993 performer: "I Never Loved Anyone"
Dennis the Menace 1993 performer: "Whatcha Know Joe"
The Mambo Kings 1992 performer: "You Belong To Me"
Bugsy 1991 performer: "CANDY" 1944, "LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY" 1944
Let Him Have It 1991 performer: "You Belong to Me"
The Two Jakes 1990 performer: "Haunted Heart"
Biloxi Blues 1988 performer: "Blue Moon"
Crazy Moon 1987 performer: "I'll Be Seeing You"
Tin Men 1987 performer: "All the Things You Are", "You Belong to Me"
Swing Shift 1984 performer: "I'll Be Seeing You"
The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 performer: "Carioca" - as Darlene Edwards, uncredited
The Last Picture Show 1971 performer: "You Belong To Me" - uncredited
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "Jambalaya"
The Danny Kaye Show 1963-1964 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shower of Stars 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dark Passage 1947 performer: "Too Marvelous for Words" - uncredited
Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 performer: "I Love an Esquire Girl" 1943, "Katie Went to Haiti" 1939

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Skelton Hour 1962-1964 TV Series Darlene Edwards / Clara Appleby
The Sid Caesar Show 1958 TV Movie
Shower of Stars 1958 TV Series
Dark Passage 1947 Singer (voice, uncredited)
Rhythm Round-Up 1945 Member - The Pied Pipers (as The Pied Pipers)
Jam Session 1944 Pied Piper Member (as The Pied Pipers)
Girl Crazy 1943 Jo Stafford (uncredited)
Gals, Incorporated 1943 Member The Pied Pipers (as The Pied Pipers)
Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 Member The Pied Pipers (uncredited)
Ship Ahoy 1942 Member Pied PIpers (as The Pied Pipers)
Las Vegas Nights 1941 One of the Pied Pipers (uncredited)
Honolulu 1939 Member of The Pied Pipers (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Moon 2000 special thanks
The Last Picture Show 1971 for their music we thank: courtesy of Decca Records

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Voice of Firestone 1958-1959 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Bing Crosby Special 1959 TV Movie Herself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Herself
The George Gobel Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Herself
The Red Skelton Hour 1958 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1958 TV Series Herself
Shower of Stars 1958 TV Series Herself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Club Oasis 1957 TV Series Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1956-1957 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Vocalist
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Jackie Gleason Show 1956 TV Series Herself - Guest Pop / Jazz Vocalist
What's My Line? 1956 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Jo Stafford Show 1954 TV Series Herself - Host
Upbeat in Music 1943 Documentary short Herself - Piped Pipers Vocalist
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Herself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Herself
The Danny Kaye Show 1963-1964 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1962 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Garry Moore Show 1960-1962 TV Series Herself
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series Herself - Host
Startime 1960 TV Series Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959-1960 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Singer
Spectacular 1959 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1959 TV Series Herself - Singer -Top Of The Bill
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1959 TV Series Herself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By 2015 TV Movie
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Herself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6270 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 1625 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 1709 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Female Singer

TitleSalary
Las Vegas Nights (1941) $15 /day

#Quote
1 For the same reason that Lana Turner is not posing in bathing suits anymore. JS - when asked why she wouldn't come out of retirement
2 [on her stage technique] "I just tried to remember the lyrics and not bump into the trumpet player."


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