Jo Elizabeth Stafford, the third of four sisters, was born
November 12, 1917 on a tract of land known as "Lease 35"
in Coalinga,California. Her mother, Anna York Stafford,a
distant cousin of World War I hero Alvin York was known as
one of the finest five-string banjoists in Gainsboro,
Tennessee. Her father, Grover Cleveland Stafford, had
come West to work in the California oil fields.
Jo's professional debut was with the Stafford Sisters, a trio
in which Jo, upon graduation from Long Beach Poly High,
joined her sisters Christine and Pauline. They had their own
weekly radio show on KHJ radio, were regular performers
on David Broekman's California Melodies, the Crockett
Family of Kentucky shows, and performed both solo and
group vocal work for all the major motion picture studios.
After marriage broke up the Stafford Sisters trio , Jo joined
a group called the Pied Pipers, and along with her seven
other group members was hired by Tommy Dorsey for the
Raleigh-Kool radio program in 1938