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Album Review

Jo Stafford walked the delicate line between jazz and pop as well as any singer in the immediate postwar period, and her smooth, elegant sense of melody always put the song she was singing first, so her vocals seem to glide as effortlessly as air through the arrangements, never drawing undue attention, but always there at the center of things. This set from her Capitol years in the 1940s and early '50s does have a couple of her biggest hits ("You Belong to Me," "Make Love to Me"), and duets with Gordon MacRae ("The Alphabet Song") and Johnny Mercer ("Candy"), as well as a wonderfully balanced and nuanced version of "Scarlet Ribbons," but it's really too brief a collection to be anything more than a teaser.

Customer Reviews

VERY GOOD

She had a great voice with perfect pitch. Well worth the price. Enjoy.

No other love

No Other Love is a deliciously tender love song that has touched my heart. It is so fine, it deserves to feature in Madmen. Maybe it will.

Biography

Born: 12 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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