Two For Tuesday: Jo Stafford

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.

9 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Jo Stafford

    1. I definitely prefer the lower women’s voices. Joni Mitchell is a great songwriter and an innovative guitar player (she was the first player I knew of who used alternate tunings), but her voice (at least before she had her throat problems) was like nails on a chalkboard to me. Ditto Mariah Carey.


  1. John,

    Jo had a beautiful, smooth voice and one for a gal I’d enjoy listening to for more than one song. Her mellow, dreamy not too high or too low pitch is what appeals to my ear. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time you shared her stuff because I recognized the name. Either your or another BoTBer introduced her to me. Anywho, thanks for sharing & happy Nov. 1st!


    1. She’s well-represented on YouTube, and “MusicProf78” has a lot of her singles (he has a lot of singles, period). I love her voice, but then I have a thing for lower women’s voices (Karen Carpenter, Julie London, June Christy etc.).


  2. She has such a unique sounding voice and I wish I could find the right words to explain. It is not low or high like the sopranos but it sounds like honey. Such a great pick and 1945 is the beginning of the boom since the soldiers all came home to their wives and …welll…..the baby boom began:) Love the second song


    1. Somewhere between soprano and alto. Not like Julie London.

      There’s no actual consensus on when the Baby Boom began and ended. I use ’46 to ’64 because that’s what I see most frequently, but I’ve seen it start anywhere from ’45 to ’48, so I’m not that fussy about it…


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