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Jo Stafford on Capitol is essentially a companion volume to her Capitol Collectors Series CD since no tracks overlap. The 24 recordings span her solo period with Capitol and include some of the many hits that were missed by Capitol's own expanded anthology. Rather than simply collecting neglected hits, though, Jo Stafford on Capitol adds a number of rarities, some of which have been unavailable since their initial release. A couple of Stafford's humorous faux-hillbilly novelties are included ("Suspicion" and "I'm My Own Grandmaw"), but most of the songs are standards and show tunes, rendered flawlessly by one of the great vocalists of the era.

Biography

Born: 13 November 1917 in Coalinga, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

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...
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