Music: Bestselling Jo

One night last week, Songstress Jo Stafford walked quietly on to the stage of a Hollywood recording studio, said hello to the band musicians, gave her husband—Bandleader Paul Weston—a quick kiss and was ready to go to work. After a run-through of one chorus to warm up, she went over to the microphone, got the nod from the control room and started singing:

Once to every heart There comes a love divine. Once for every heart, And now it's come to mine.

A few minutes later, she listened to her own distinctive voice played back, circled three notes on the...

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