The Columbia Hits Collection

The Columbia Hits Collection

by Jo StaffordJo Stafford


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Not long after Jo Stafford's arranger (and future husband) Paul Weston moved from Capitol to Columbia in 1950, she followed him, preferring to work with an understanding producer (surely their budding relationship played a part as well). During the first half of the '50s, Stafford continued gracing the Hit Parade with the same balance of sedate, honey-toned balladry and up-tempo novelty singles cooked up with Weston. The pair's Corinthian label delivered this compilation of her rather erratic Columbia years, including 25 hits -- six of which were recorded in tandem with Frankie Laine. Stafford's biggest hit at Columbia (and of her entire career) was the wistful ballad "You Belong to Me," which spent months at the top of the charts. Even though she specialized in songs like this at Capitol, she didn't record many of them while at Columbia; "It Is No Secret" is similar, as is "Tennessee Waltz" and "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I." The emphasis, however, is decidedly on the novelty songs, paced by frenetic country cornpone like "Hambone" and "Setting the Woods on Fire" (both with Laine). Most of the arrangements here would've been appropriate for the typical weak-lunged pop singer of the '50s; Weston and Columbia don't appear to have placed much confidence in the pure strength of Stafford's voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2002
Label: Corinthian Records
UPC: 0783121111526
catalogNumber: 115
Rank: 9710

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Stafford   Primary Artist,Vocals
Frankie Laine   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Ben Pollack   Composer
Georg Brunis   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Robert Allen   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Jimmy Beck   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
William Johnson   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Red Saunders   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer,Contributor
Tim Weston   Reissue Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Alan Copeland   Composer
Mel Stitzel   Composer
Wade Buff   Composer
Josef Marais   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Bill Trader   Composer
Stanley Damerell   Composer
Tolchard Evans   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Chilton Price   Composer
Paul Mason Howard   Composer
Robert Hargreaves   Composer
Leo Moseley   Composer
William Norvas   Composer
Eugene H. Adkinson   Composer
John M. Elliott   Composer
Ed G. Nelson   Composer
Lew Quading   Composer

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