Jo Stafford was one of the most popular female singers of the 1940s and 1950s. She is ranked as the #1 female vocalist of the 1940-1954 pre-rock era. She charted 70 hits, including 2 #1 hits, YOU BELONG TO ME and MAKE LOVE TO ME during the years of 1944-1954.
She was born on November 12, 1917 in Coalinga, California. She was a vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, both as a solo artist and with The Pied Pipers.
In 1952 she recorded a song written by, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. The song is the classic…YOU BELONG TO ME. The song is about separated lovers, and he/she reminds their lover that no matter where they are or what they see, remember…”You Belong To Me”.
Jo Stafford’s version is the most popular of this standard. He single record made its debut on the US charts on August 1, 1952 on Columbia Records. The single charted at #1 and remained on the national charts for 24 weeks. Jo Stafford became the first female artist to top the UK Singles Chart. She charted her huge single on the first ever UK Singles Chart on November 14, 1952. The single became a #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart on January 16, 1953. The record had a 19 week stay on the chart. Sales of YOU BELONG TO ME were over 1 million copies sold and Jo Stafford was awarded a “Gold Record”.
Other great artists over the years have recorded YOU BELONG TO ME, including: Patti Page, The Duprees, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin and many others. Jo Stafford’s version remains the most popular of these. The Duprees also had a huge Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit in 1962 with their doo-wop version, charting at #7.
Jo would chart 9 more hits on the pop music charts from 1955 through 1959. She died in July of 2008 at the age of 90. Her music lives on and we remember her classic hits…in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW TO HEAR…JO STAFFORD SING HER CLASSIC…”YOU BELONG TO ME”.
Till the next time—Joe