Jo Stafford - Drifting and Dreaming With Jo Stafford
Drifting and Dreaming With Jo Stafford
By Jo Stafford
Very + Good Condition. (Includes jewel case, original artwork inserts, and Cd, all in very good condition)
Dipping into the archives of the Armed Forces Radio Service Melody Hour broadcasts VJC has come up with 27 tunes sung by Jo Stafford and Dick Haymes, sometimes together, sometimes in solo performances. 1950 was a very important year for Stafford in that she signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records. Shortly thereafter, she was to marry band leader/arranger Paul Weston to form one of the most famous and enduring husband and wife teams in popular music. In 1950, Stafford revived her performing acquaintance with Dick Haymes as they co-hosted The Carnation Contented Hour. These two were no strangers to each other, having appeared in the 1943 movie DuBarry Was a Lady. Both Stafford and Haymes came from an era when it was the singer's job to deliver the lyrics in a straightforward manner with a minimum of vocal gymnastics, and they do it well.
Drifting and Dreaming is 70 minutes of pleasant and entertaining musical reminiscences. The play list is a combination of "Top 40" songs of the day such as "Play a Simple Melody" and classic standards like "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "Begin the Beguine." Victor Young provides the orchestral backdrop using a large string section. Stafford contributes some jazzy renditions with a hot-playing small group from Young's larger group. Then there's the patter between Stafford and Haymes as they segue into each number. Reflecting the simpler times of the '50s, years later it sounds dated. But the performances aren't dated even though, as to be expected, Stafford and Haymes join together on a few forgettable items. But these are in the minority. The bulk of what's on this disc is excellent singing by two of the very best from the annals of popular song.