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Jo Stafford: Centenary Hits Collection 1944-59 (4 CDs)

Jo Stafford: Centenary Hits Collection 1944-59 (4 CDs)

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Jo Stafford was one of the most popular and successful female vocalists of the post-war era, epitomising the style and mood which nostalgia buffs often refer to as "the golden age of popular music" during the time before rock 'n' roll changed the business irrevocably. She racked up more than 100 hits, encompassing recordings as a member of the Pied Pipers and duet hits with Frankie Laine and Gordon MacRae alongside her solo chart entries. This year marks the centenary of her birth, and to mark the occasion we are releasing this great-value 106-track 4-CD set which comprises just about all her career hits in the Billboard charts and the Cash Box Top 40 for Capitol during the '40s and for Columbia after 1950. It naturally includes the No. 1s "Candy" with Johnny Mercer, "Temptation" with Red Ingle, "My Darling My Darling" with Gordon MacRae, and her solo No. 1 "You Belong to Me" and "Make Love To Me", along with dozens of other Top 10 classics. She was an extraordinarily versatile singer, and was able to handle any kind of material, with her hits including pop ballads, upbeat novelty songs, jazzy big band swingers and pure country tunes. This is a comprehensive overview of the recordings which made her such a popular star and made her a fixture in the charts even into the rock 'n' roll era, and is a fine showcase for a highly talented performer.

- Disc 1 -
1 Old Acquaintance
2 How Sweet You Are
3 Embraceable You - Various Performers
4 Mairzy Doats - the Pied Pipers
5 I Love You
6 Long Ago (And Far Away)
7 It Could Happen to You
8 The Trolley Song - Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers
9 Let's Take the Long Way Home
10 Candy - Jo Stafford & Johnny Mercer
11 There's No You
12 On the Sunny Side of the Street
13 Out of This World
14 That's for Me
15 Symphony
16 Day By Day
17 This Is Always
18 You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
19 The Things We Did Last Summer
20 White Christmas
21 Sonata
22 Ivy
23 A Sunday Kind of Love
24 Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)
25 I'm So Right Tonight


- Disc 2 -
1 Feudin' and Fightin'
2 The Stanley Steamer
3 Love and the Weather
4 The Gentleman Is a Dope
5 Serenade of the Bells
6 The Best Things in Life Are Free
7 I Never Loved Anyone
8 I'm My Own Grandmaw
9 Haunted Heart
10 Suspicion
11 Better Luck Next Time
12 Every Day I Love You (Just a Little Bit More)
13 Bluebird of Happiness - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
14 Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
15 My Darling My Darling - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
16 Congratulations
17 Here I'll Stay
18 The Pussycat Song - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
19 A' You're Adorable - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
20 Need You - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
21 Once and for Always
22 Some Enchanted Evening
23 Homework
24 Whispering Hope - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
25 Just One Way to Say I Love You
26 Ragtime Cowboy Joe


- Disc 3 -
1 The Last Mile Home
2 If I Ever Love Again
3 Echoes - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
4 Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
5 Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
6 Dearie - Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
7 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
8 Open Door, Open Arms
9 Play a Simple Melody
10 No Other Love
11 Goodnight, Irene
12 Sometime
13 Tennessee Waltz
14 If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time
15 If
16 It Is No Secret
17 Pretty-Eyed Baby - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
18 Somebody
19 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
20 Kissing Bug Boogie
21 Gambella (The Gamblin' Lady) - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
22 Hey Good Lookin' - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
23 Shrimp Boats
24 A-Round the Corner
25 Hambone
26 Raminay! (The New Orleans Chimney Sweep)
27 You Belong to Me


- Disc 4 -
1 Jambalaya
2 Tonight We're Settin' the Woods on Fire - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
3 Early Autumn
4 Keep It a Secret
5 Piece A-Puddin' - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
6 (Now and Then There's) a Fool Such As I
7 Chow Willy - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
8 Without My Lover
9 Just Another Polka
10 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
11 Make Love to Me!
12 Indiscretion - Various Performers
13 Goin' Like Wildfire - Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
14 Thank You for Calling
15 Where Are You
16 Teach Me Tonight
17 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
18 I Got a Sweetie
19 Young and Foolish
20 Suddenly There's a Valley
21 Suddenly
22 It's Almost Tomorrow
23 All Night Long
24 With a Little Bit of Luck
25 Love Me Good
26 On London Bridge
27 Wind in the Willow
28 Pine Top's Boogie


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