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  • Register:09/07/2005 11:04:22

Date Posted:11/21/2011 03:30:36

 

                                            


   

 

The great Jo Stafford, who was often referred to as "America's most versatile singer" because of the wide range of material that she performed, earned a total of 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for radio, one for television and, of course, one for recording.


This extremely gifted singer who was widely known for the purity of her voice recorded 3 holiday albums during her great career. The best of these 3 albums were the two that she recorded for Columbia Records in the 1950s: Happy Holiday (1955) and Ski Trails (1956).


Here now is Jo's excellent medley Jingle Bells/Winter Wonderland, which appeared on both the 1955 and 1956 LPs. The second selection I posted is Jo's fine rendition of Sleigh Ride from the 1956 LP. Jo is accompanied here as usual with her talented arranger/conductor husband, Paul Weston.






 





*[Edited 11/29/11 to add better quality jpeg]

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Re:Jo Stafford: Jingle Bells/Winter Wonderland

Date Posted:12/15/2011 12:34:18

And, for anyone who doesn't know this already, the complete contents of both of Ms. Stafford's seasonal efforts for Columbia can be found on a CD compilation called Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather, released on the Corinthian Records label that she and Paul Weston founded.

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Holidays-Love-Winter-Weather/dp/B00000K1IO


Meanwhile, her third Christmas album, 1964's The Joyful Season on Capitol, was reissued on the DRG label a few years back, eked out with some stray tracks from early in her career, including a couple of nice carol medleys recorded in 1949 with Gordon MacRae.

http://www.amazon.com/Joyful-Season-Jo-Stafford/dp/B000AXWH9E



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Re:Jo Stafford: Jingle Bells/Winter Wonderland

Date Posted:12/15/2011 07:50:31


For you folks interested in purchasing the Happy Holidays CD, please Click Here. The link that Mike posted is textually correct, but it sends you to the Joyful Season CD.


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Re:Jo Stafford: Jingle Bells/Winter Wonderland

Date Posted:12/25/2011 06:14:48

Do either of these albums include Toyland? 
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Re:Jo Stafford: Jingle Bells/Winter Wonderland

Date Posted:12/25/2011 06:24:38

Frank, Toyland does appear on Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather, as track #7.

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Holidays-Love-Winter-Weather/dp/B00000K1IO
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