November 12 1917 – July 16 2008
Jo Elizabeth Stafford (November 12 1917 – July 16 2008) was an American pop singer whose career spanned the late 1930s through the early 1960s.
Stafford is greatly admired for the purity of her voice and is considered one of the most versatile vocalists of the era.
She is also considered a pioneer of modern musical parody, having won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 1961.
In the 1950s, Jo Stafford had a string of popular hits with Frankie Laine, six of which charted; their duet of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" making the top ten in 1951. It was also at this time that Stafford scored her best known hits with huge records like "Jambalaya," "Shrimp Boats," "Make Love To Me," and "You Belong to Me". The last song was Stafford's all-time biggest hit, topping the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom (the first song by a female singer to top the UK chart).