[Dixielandjazz] Jo Stafford - NY TIMES OBIT

Don Robertson jdrobertson at att.net
Sun Jul 20 08:49:08 PDT 2008

I too grew up in Long Beach.  I always heard rumors that Jo Stafford had 
a Long Beach connection, that she sometimes visited her parents there, 
so now it's confirmed. I'd also heard that Spike Jones had a Long Beach 
connection, but never knew about that.  I did go to high school with 
eventual opera star Marilyn Horne.

Don Robertson

Stephen G Barbone wrote:
> Ms. Stafford was born Jo Elizabeth Stafford in Coalinga, Calif., near 
> Fresno and brought up in Long Beach. As a child she studied voice and 
> hoped to become an opera singer but because of hard times decided to 
> join her older sisters Christine and Pauline in a country-and-western 
> singing group, the Stafford Sisters, who performed on the radio in Los 
> Angeles.

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