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The Columbia Hits Collection

Album: The Columbia Hits Collection
# Song Title   Time
1)    You Belong to Me
2)    Make Love to Me
3)    Keep It a Secret
4)    Shrimp Boats
5)    If
6)    Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
7)    Tennessee Waltz
8)    Around the Corner
9)    Hambone
10)    Hey, Good Lookin'
11)    In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
12)    Pretty Eyed Baby
13)    If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time
14)    It's Almost Tomorrow
15)    Settin' the Woods on Fire
16)    Somebody
17)    Wind in the Willows
18)    Suddenly There's a Valley
19)    It's No Secret
20)    (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
21)    Early Autumn
22)    On London Bridge
23)    Thank You for Calling
24)    With a Little Bit of Luck
25)    Gabriella (The Gamblin' Lady)
26)    Kissin' Bug Boogie
27)    Love Me Good
28)    All Night Long
29)    Teach Me Tonight
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Performer Notes
  • Includes liner notes by Gene Lees.
  • Personnel: Jo Stafford (vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Gene Lees.
  • Recording information: 1950-1956.
  • Editors: Tim Weston; Roger Nichols .
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Paul Weston & His Orchestra.
  • Not long after Jo Stafford's arranger (and future husband) Paul Weston moved from Capitol to Columbia in 1950, she followed him, preferring to work with an understanding producer (surely their budding relationship played a part as well). During the first half of the '50s, Stafford continued gracing the Hit Parade with the same balance of sedate, honey-toned balladry and up-tempo novelty singles cooked up with Weston. The pair's Corinthian label delivered this compilation of her rather erratic Columbia years, including 25 hits -- six of which were recorded in tandem with Frankie Laine. Stafford's biggest hit at Columbia (and of her entire career) was the wistful ballad "You Belong to Me," which spent months at the top of the charts. Even though she specialized in songs like this at Capitol, she didn't record many of them while at Columbia; "It Is No Secret" is similar, as is "Tennessee Waltz" and "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I." The emphasis, however, is decidedly on the novelty songs, paced by frenetic country cornpone like "Hambone" and "Setting the Woods on Fire" (both with Laine). Most of the arrangements here would've been appropriate for the typical weak-lunged pop singer of the '50s; Weston and Columbia don't appear to have placed much confidence in the pure strength of Stafford's voice. ~ John Bush
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