During the immediate postwar years, singer Jo Stafford rose to fame as both a member of Tommy Dorsey's band and as a solo act. Part of a loose sorority of pop-jazz vocalists that also included Kay Starr, June Christy, and Julie London, Stafford excelled at both swingers and ballads using her patented smooth pipes. On this mid-'50s outing, she's joined by accordionist Art Van Damme and His Quintet.
Covering a ballad and mid-tempo mix of standards, Stafford especially excels on "Almost Like Being in Love," "One for My Baby," and "But Not for Me." While not in the same league of contemporary work by Christy and London, Once Over Lightly still fits in well with the many cocktail vocal offerings from the '50s.
|Almost Like Being in Love / Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe||Jo Stafford||2:50|
|A Foggy Dayu / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Jo Stafford||3:06|
|The Lady Is a Tramp / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Jo Stafford||2:49|
|These Foolish Things / Holt Marvell / Jack Strachey||Jo Stafford||3:25|
|Mine / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Jo Stafford||2:30|
|The Gypsy in My Soul / Moe Jaffe||Jo Stafford||3:27|
|Autumn Leaves / Joseph Kosma / Jacques Prévert||Jo Stafford||3:03|
|You're Mine, You / Johnny Green / Edward Heyman||Jo Stafford||2:18|
|Nice Work If You Can Get It / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Jo Stafford||1:52|
|My Old Flame / Sam Coslow / Arthur Johnston||Jo Stafford||3:19|
|But Not for Me / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Jo Stafford||3:14|
|One for My Baby / Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer||Jo Stafford||3:49|