The Best of Jo Stafford

The Best of Jo Stafford

by Jo Stafford


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In many ways, Jo Stafford was the perfect female pop singer, if not the most beloved, for the between-wars generation in the U.S. With her warm mezzo-soprano voice, perfectly balanced tone, precise but flowing phrasing, and her girl-next-door image, she seemingly never made a misstep in her entire career, and if she isn't as much a household name these days as contemporaries like Ella Fitzgerald, it isn't because she couldn't more than hold her own as a singer and entertainer. This 23-track set offers ample proof of that, although calling it "the Best of Jo Stafford" is a tad deceptive, since it contains none of the original Capitol Records versions of her biggest hits. What it consists of is rehearsal demos, V-discs, and radio performances done by Stafford between 1941 and 1950. That said, there's nothing shabby about these recordings, and they highlight Stafford's strengths as much as her official releases do. Most of the V-discs here were originally made at rehearsals for Johnny Mercer's NBC radio show, Johnny Murcer's Music Shop, including the lovely duet Stafford did with Mercer on his original composition "Conversation While Dancing," which alone makes this set worth the price of admission. Also among the highlights here are Stafford's perfect and haunting takes on jazz pop standards "Am I Blue" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (drawn from a performance Stafford did in 1950 for the Armed Services Radio program called Melody Hour), but every track is a quietly nuanced gem.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2010
Label: Fuel 2000
UPC: 0030206184020
catalogNumber: 061840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Stafford   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Rich   Drums
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Reeds
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Johnny Mince   Clarinet
George Wettling   Drums
George Van Eps   Guitar
Dick Haymes   Vocals
Bob Alexy   Trumpet
George Arus   Trombone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Herbie Haymer   Reeds
Jenkins   Trombone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Don Lodice   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Mercer   Vocals
Boomie Richmond   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Ryan   Bass
Fred Stulce   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Sid Weiss   Bass
Hy White   Guitar
Clark Yocum   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jimmy Blake   Trumpet
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Billy Rowland   Piano
June Hutton   Background Vocals
Chuck Lowry   Background Vocals
Harry Schuchman   Reeds
Bill Shine   Alto Saxophone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Dave Jacobs   Trombone
Thompson   Trombone
Don Anderson   Trumpet
Hal Hooper   Background Vocals
Pied Pipers   Background Vocals
Bill Schaefer   Trombone
Stan Wrightsman   Piano
Joe Yuki   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jo Stafford   Personnel
Matty Matlock   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Dick Haymes   Duet
Duke Ellington   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Duet
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger,Personnel
Athan Maroulis   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Annotation
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Personnel
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Personnel
Eunah Lee   Graphic Design
James A. Bland   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Harold Spina   Composer
Andre   Composer
Peggy Logan   Copy Editing
Schwandt   Composer
Shilkret   Composer

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