Jo Stafford, who sang backup for Frank Sinatra and performed with Tommy Dorsey, died July 16 at her Century City, California, home. She was 90.
The biggest hit for Stafford, a singer in the Pied Pipers and then a soloist, was You Belong to Me in 1952, which sold 2 million copies. Her death, caused by congestive heart failure, was confirmed by her son, Tim Weston.
A performer from the late 1930s until the mid-1950s, Stafford started singing with her older sisters in a country- western group called the Stafford Sisters, then joined seven men as the Pied Pipers. The octet was cut to a quartet and joined the Tommy Dorsey band, and became backup singers for Frank Sinatra.
While recording with Capitol Records, Stafford toured with the U.S.O. in 1944 and 1945, earning her the G.I. Jo nickname from servicemen. She is survived by her younger sister, a son and daughter, and four grandchildren.
JO STAFFORD AND ROSEMARY CLOONEY – AUTUMN LEAVES