Her Greatest Hits

Jo Stafford

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Her Greatest Hits Review

by Michael G. Nastos

Perhaps this whopping four-CD, 108-track collection should be titled "Her Greatest Hits, And More." Jo Stafford, a premier jazz-pop singer of the late '30s onward, had a great voice, substantial musicianship behind her, an undeniable sex appeal, and a seemingly limitless repertoire, if you judge by what's on this compilation. Each CD is split into thematic or chronological segments. CD one -- "Pied Pipers, Tommy Dorsey, Early Recordings" is her entry point as a big band "chick" singer including seminal tunes "In a Little Spanish Town," "Yes Indeed," and "Embraceable You." CD two, consisting of "V Discs, Airchecks, Solos, Collaborations" may be the least interesting, but features familiar tunes as "Haunted Heart" and "The Gentleman Is a Dope." Her actual "greatest hits" are on CD three, while CD four is a mix of obscurities and jazz standards wrapped in the caveat "Pops, Jazz, Standards, Showtime." Her comedic work as the faux diva Darlene Edwards is not included, but that's OK, as fans of Stafford should salivate for the opportunity to buy this comprehensive overview of her career, lovingly issued by the reliable JSP label.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jo Stafford feat: The Original Pied Pipers 02:38 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: The Original Pied Pipers 02:33 Amazon
3
Jo Stafford feat: The Original Pied Pipers 02:58 Amazon
4 Jo Stafford feat: The Original Pied Pipers 03:10 Amazon
5
Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:17 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:03 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:01 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 02:39 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 04:38 Amazon
10
Jo Stafford feat: Sy Oliver / Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:34 Amazon
11 Jo Stafford feat: Sy Oliver / Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
13 Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 02:54 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:10 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
17 Jo Stafford feat: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers / Frank Sinatra 03:28 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 02:41 Amazon
20 Jo Stafford feat: Johnny Mercer / Paul Weston & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:04 Amazon
21 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 02:48 Amazon
23 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 03:01 Amazon
24 Jo Stafford feat: Jane Hutton / Paul Weston & His Orchestra / The Pied Pipers 02:50 Amazon
25
Jo Stafford feat: Johnny Mercer / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jo Stafford 04:51 Amazon
2
Jo Stafford 05:21 Amazon
3
Jo Stafford 04:39 Amazon
4 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 03:16 Amazon
5 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:23 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
8
Jo Stafford 02:43 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
10 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:14 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
12 Jo Stafford 03:06 Amazon
13
Jo Stafford 02:54 Amazon
14 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra / The Starlighters 02:48 Amazon
15
Jo Stafford feat: Red Ingle & the Natural Seven 02:43 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Red Ingle & the Natural Seven 02:59 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston's Mountain Boys / The Starlighters 02:43 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:46 Amazon
21 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
22 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
23 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Gordon MacRae / Paul Weston Orchestra / The Starlighters 02:12 Amazon
25 Jo Stafford feat: Gordon MacRae / Paul Weston Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
26 Jo Stafford feat: Gordon MacRae / Bill Loose & His Orchestra 02:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jo Stafford feat: Dave Lambert & His Singers 02:22 Amazon
2 Jo Stafford feat: Gordon MacRae / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
3 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston's Dixie Eight / The Starlighters 02:32 Amazon
4
Jo Stafford 03:06 Amazon
5 Jo Stafford feat: Harold Mooney & His Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
6
Jo Stafford feat: Mischa Russell 02:58 Amazon
7
Jo Stafford feat: George Greeley / Paul Weston Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:26 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
10 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 03:12 Amazon
11 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
12 Jo Stafford feat: Gene Autry / Carl Cotner & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
13 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:24 Amazon
14
Jo Stafford feat: Nelson Eddy / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
15
Jo Stafford feat: Frankie Laine / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:15 Amazon
16 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
17 Jo Stafford feat: The Lee Brothers / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
19
Jo Stafford feat: Ziggy Elman / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:13 Amazon
20
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 03:17 Amazon
21 Jo Stafford feat: Teddy Johnson / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:34 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
24
Jo Stafford feat: Ziggy Elman / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:06 Amazon
25
Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
28
Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
29 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:31 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
2 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
3 Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:20 Amazon
4
Jo Stafford feat: Carl Fischer / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
5 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:46 Amazon
6 Jo Stafford feat: Liberace / Paul Weston Orchestra 03:17 Amazon
7
Jo Stafford feat: David Hughes / Paul Weston Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
9 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:08 Amazon
11
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra / The Starlighters 02:50 Amazon
12
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
13 Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
14
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood 03:12 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood 03:07 Amazon
16 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood 02:09 Amazon
17 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood 02:31 Amazon
18
Jo Stafford 02:53 Amazon
19
Jo Stafford 02:23 Amazon
20
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
21 Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:33 Amazon
22
Jo Stafford feat: Art Van Damme Quintet 03:28 Amazon
23
Jo Stafford feat: Art Van Damme Quintet 03:15 Amazon
24
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:25 Amazon
25
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
26
Jo Stafford feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston Orchestra 03:12 Amazon
27
Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston Orchestra 02:17 Amazon
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Jo Stafford feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra / The Starlighters 02:38 Amazon
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