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Capitol Collectors Series [Jo Stafford]

  • 1. Old Acquaintance
    2. How Sweet You Are
    3. Long Ago (And Far Away)
    4. I Love You
    5. It Could Happen to You
    6. Trolley Song, The
    7. There's No You
    8. That's For Me
    9. Symphony
    10. Ridin' on the Gravy Train
    11. This Is Always
    12. Things We Did Last Summer, The
    13. Smoke Dreams
    14. Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)
    15. I'm So Right Tonight
    16. Serenade of the Bells
    17. I Never Loved Anyone
    18. He's Gone Away
    19. Congratulations
    20. Once and For Always
    21. Some Enchanted Evening
    22. Whispering Hope
    23. Ragtime Cowboy Joe
    24. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
    25. It's Great to Be Alive
    26. No Other Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91638

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Jo Stafford, Nat "King" Cole, Gordon MacRae, Johnny Mercer (vocals); Paul Weston (arranger).
    Compilation producers: Ron Furmanek, Bob Furmanek.
    Recorded between 1943 and 1950. Includes liner notes by Tom Colborn and Bob Furmanek.
    Jo Stafford first appeared on the scene as one of Tommy Dorsey's original Pied Pipers. One can already hear her distinctive voice emerging out of the four-part harmony backing the young Sinatra on his classic 1941 version of "Stardust." Stafford soon embarked on her own solo career, signing with Johnny Mercer's new Capitol label, but not before marrying one of Dorsey's arrangers, Paul Weston. Her marriage to Weston began a personal and professional partnership that lasted for over 50 years.
    Considered the "father" of mood music, Weston provided a seamless orchestral backing for Stafford's note-perfect, hymn-like interpretations. 1943's "Long Ago (And Far Away)" is typical as it glides into an elevated musical realm just a little bit removed from this world. The singer didn't lack humor as her many parodies attest. (See her C&W hoot "Tim-tayshun" for a prime example.) Still, whether it was her Midwestern Protestant background or classical training, Stafford (and Weston) never faltered in this modest, striving quest for sheer beauty. Her versions of Rodger's & Hammerstein's "Some Enchanted Evening" and Weston's own "No Other Love," recorded near the end of her tenure at Capitol, achieve an emotional serenity rare in popular music.

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