You Belong To Me

Jo Stafford's romantic ballad "You Belong to Me" reached US Billboard Magazine's #1 spot on this date in 1952. It would remain number one for five weeks. Written by Pee Wee King, Clifton Price, and Redd Stewart, the pop music hit was also a top recording hit for Patti Page and Dean Martin.

Born Jo Elizabeth Stafford on November 12, 1917 in Coalinga, California, her initial forays into music was as a folk singer with her family. In 1938, she became the lead singer for a group later named The Pied Pipers and subsequently met and performed with Tommy Dorsey. She began touring with The Pied Pipers, a young Frank Sinatra, and Tommy Dorsey.

In 1944, Stafford left the Pied Pipers and signed with Capitol Records beginning a career that would last into the 1970's. Her radio, television, and music talents were recognized with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.

Please enjoy this May 21, 1958 episode of "The Big Record" with Jo Stafford singing a medley of her favorite songs. Courtesy of

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