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The Best of Jo Stafford

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 Most of the V-discs here were originally made at rehearsals for Johnny Mercer's NBC radio show, Johnny Murcer's Music Shop, including the lovely duet Stafford did with Mercer on his original composition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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • Label: Fuel 2000
  • UPC: 030206184020
  • Catalog Number: 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
Les 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
Al Thompson Trombone
Don Anderson Trumpet
Hal Hooper Background Vocals
The 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 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
Jesse Fishman Mastering
Harold Spina Composer
Andre Composer
Peggy Logan Copy Editing
Akst Composer
Schwandt Composer
Shilkret Composer
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