Classically-trained Jo Stafford was active from the 1930’s through the 1980’s and peaked during the Baby Boom years. She formed a singing group with her sisters that had some success on records and in film. She met future members of The Pied Pipers on the set of Alexander’s Ragtime Band, joining them and becoming their lead singer. They were hired by Tommy Dorsey in 1939, with whom she worked, both as a member of The Pied Pipers and solo, until 1944.
Her first #1 single was in 1945 (a little outside the scope of the Baby Boom era) was “Candy,” which she performed with Johnny Mercer. The Pied Pipers also performed on the record.
“You Belong To Me” is her best-known song. Released in 1952, it reached #1 on the Billboard and Cash Box charts. In addition, it appeared on the first-ever UK chart in November of 1952, and reached #1 on that chart in January 1953, only the second #1 in that chart’s history.
Jo Stafford, your Two for Tuesday, October 31, 2017.