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Jo Stafford

Born: 1917-11-12 - Died: 2008-07-13
Cause of Death:
Heart Failure

Death Summary:

Who was Jo Stafford : Stafford died of congestive heart failure on July 13, 2008. She was 90 years old. Her son, Tim Weston of Topanga, said she had been in declining health since October. Jo Stafford was greatly appreciated for the purity of her voice and was considered one of the most versatile singers of her era. Currently she is viewed as a pioneer of the parody music trend. When she was younger she joined an up and coming vocal group called "The Pied Pipers". The group consisted of eight members... John Huddleston (who was Stafford's husband), Hal Hooper, Chuck Lowry, Bud Hervey, George Tait, Woody Newbury, and Dick Whittinghill. They became a very popular group, working for radio and the movie industry for soundtracks. After a few missteps, The Pied Pipers joined up with Tommy Dorsey's big band in 1939 giving the group the success they had worked so hard for. Stafford was even featured in a few solo performances. The group even went on to back Frank Sinatra in some of his early studio sessions. Stafford eventually left the big band scene to focus on a very lucrative solo career. She played often for the USO; she even acquired the nickname "GI Jo" In the 1950's Stafford had a slew of hit songs, but probably her most famous was a duet with Hank Williams entitled "Hey Good Lookin". Stafford retired from the music business in 1975. She performed only a few more times in her life, one such performance was in honor of Frank Sinatra in 1990
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  2. Leo Caldeira Says:

    Although I was born in 1941 I have loved and admired Jo (and still do) for some time because of her lovely voice and naturally calm and professional demeanor, and for her career accomplishments, especially in regard to her unselfish contributions in entaining our troops during WWII (she was “GI Jo” alright). Also, of course, for her clean, good looks. Jo is my all-time favorite female singer. I always hoped to get to meet her but unfortunately, never got the chance. I listen to her songs frequently and wished she was still with us. What a great lady.
    God bless her and keep her (and Paul) in His eternal care.

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    The best voice and best songs that seem to last forever. Her voice and songs seem to stir ones heart and Spirit. Thank you Jesus for this gift to us.

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