Friday, November 12, 2010

"The Gentleman Is A Dope" by Jo Stafford

Among the preponderance of superlative female singers in the 1940s, few of them attained the degree of suave effortlessly managed by Jo Stafford, who was born on this day in 1917. Yet she and her husband, bandleader Paul Weston, did more for American music than the creation of some of the finest ear candy ever spun through a microphone; assuming their alter-egos of Jonathan and Darlene Edwards they assailed the mediocre in comedic fashion, which arose out of their party piece and involved their impersonation of a cheesy lounge act.

Where the above clip came from is the usual YouTube mystery, but the song The Gentleman Is A Dope is taken from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Allegro; a widow since September 1996, Stafford died in July 2008.
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