The voice had presence and character, the sound of the vinyl record whispering it’s own background lullaby. And somewhere in my earliest memories I could almost imagine hearing the mellow, pure, touching voice of Jo Stafford — the lady the soldiers called G.I. Jo in World War II. I didn’t get to hear her until after World War II because I had not been thought of then. But I’m sure she sang on our radio in the kitchen while I was tottering around and getting to be a big girl in the 1950s.
When I heard her last night, that voice just took me back to another era. In fact, she had a number one hit the day my baby sister Katie was born.
So treat yourself to some music that will untighten those neck muscles and smooth out your brow. Here is G.I. Jo — the lovely Jo Stafford, who passed away at the age of 90. (1917 – 2008). Here are a couple of G.I. Jo songs, her lovely folk songs, and ending with a hymn as only she can sing it.