The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1

The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1

by Jo StaffordJo Stafford


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Singles collections from postwar vocal artists aren't usually stocked with A-list material, since after the advent of the LP, the singles format increasingly became a venue for either stylistic experimentation or light novelties aimed at the charts. Jo Stafford was an exception to the rule, however, not only because she was a consummate artist but also because she worked closely with her husband, arranger/conductor Paul Weston, and exercised a large amount of quality control. The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1, released by the family-founded Corinthian label (Tim Weston, the son of Paul and Jo, produced the record), reissues 25 tracks from obscure singles releases recorded by Stafford and Weston during the '50s. (Her biggest hits of the era, including "You Belong to Me" and "Make Love to Me," obviously were released as singles, but don't appear here because they're widely available elsewhere.) Stafford had matured greatly as a vocalist, after her success during the big-band era. Listening to her performance of the Gershwin classic "Love Is Here to Stay," it's clear she retained the sweetness and warmth of her youth but exerted greater control over her voice. Many of the performances are standards, and even the few novelties are imbued with an energy that speaks to the great care they took with her material -- the delightfully risqué yet slightly innocent "Indoor Sport" and the great-hearted "Big D" are among the best here, but also interesting are a sound-alike of "You Belong to Me" titled "I'll Be There," and Stafford's brush with rock & roll, a cover of the Ray Charles standard (alternately titled "I Got a Sweetie").

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2004
Label: Corinthian Records
UPC: 0783121112028
catalogNumber: 120
Rank: 69040

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Stafford   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Carl Sandburg   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dave Burgess   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Michael Delugg   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Tim Weston   Reissue Producer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
David Stoner   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
David Hamberger   Composer
Don George   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Bee Walker   Composer
Michael Flynn   Liner Notes
Walter Malgoni   Composer
Prince Leleiohaku   Composer

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