Jo Elizabeth Stafford (Coalinga (California), 1917 - november 12, Century City (Los Angeles), July 16, 2008[1]) was an American jazzand pop-singer. Her career began in the 1930s and ran until the early 1960s.

Stafford originally wanted to be an opera singer and also studied piano, but she gave this by the great depression in 1929 and joined directly at her sisters Christine and Pauline to. Together they formed the singing group "The Stafford Sisters". That Staffords also participated in the music of the films "Damsel in Distress" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938).


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The Pied Pipers[Edit]Edit

After her sisters were married the band fell apart and Jo joined a new band: The Pied Pipers. This group was quickly popular with local radio stations and also sang in soundtracks of movies. As a result, they were noticed by Axel Stordahl and Paul Weston, two producers of Tommy Dorsey. In 1938 took out Paul Weston Dorsey about it, to The Pied Pipers for his radio show to contract. They got a contract for ten weeks, but after the second broadcast, the sponsor of the radio station that he was dissatisfied about the band and they were fired. Then they worked with Frank Sinatra.

Solo Career[Edit]Edit

After Jo Stafford left the Pied Pipers, she collaborated with Johnny Mercer, who in 1942 it cofounded record label Capitol Records had. Mercer took her on as a soloist. In the 1950s continued the successful career continues. Her biggest hits were: Embraceable You, It Could Happen to You, The Night We Called it a Day, Long Ago and Far Away, No Other Love. Her greatest success she obtained with: You Belong to Me. She is best known for In Netherlands Thank you for calling.

Jo Stafford was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.


As soloist
  • "Day By Day"
  • "Early Autumn"
  • "Feudin' and Fightin' "
  • "Goodnight Irene"(better known version by The Weavers)
  • "Here I'll Stay"
  • "I Love You"
  • "Indiscretion"
  • "It Could Happen To You"
  • "It's Almost Tomorrow"(better known version by The Dream Weavers)
  • "Ivy"
  • "Jambalaya"
  • "Just One Way To Say I Love Yoyou "
  • "The Last Mile Home"
  • "Let's Take the Long Way Home"
  • "Long Ago (And Far Away)"
  • "Make Love to Me!"
  • "No Other Love"
  • "On London Bridge"
  • "Out Of This World "
  • "Ragtime Cowboy Joe"
  • "Serenade Or the Bells "
  • "Shrimpboats is a coming... ' " {1951}
  • "Some Enchanted Evening"
  • "Suddenly there's a Valley"
  • "Symphony"
  • "Teach Me Tonight"
  • "Thank You for Calling"
  • "That's For Me"
  • "There's No You"
  • "The Things We Did Last Summer"
  • "You Belong to Me"
  • "White Christmas"
in Duet with Gordon MacRae
  • "A" you're Adorable"
  • "My Darling, My Darling"
  • "Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart"
  • "Whispering Hope"
in Duet with Johnny Mercer
  • "Candy"


  • Ken Bloom: The American Songbook-The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs- . New York City, Black Dog & Leventhal, 2005 ISBN 1-57912-448-8)
  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide To Jazz on CD, sixth Edition, London, Penguin, 2002
  • Bielefelder Katalog 1988 und Jazz, 2002

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