Joni James

Joni James

Real Name:
Giovanna 'Joan' Carmella Babbo
Profile:
American singer of traditional pop standards.
b. 22/09/1930 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

James was born into an Italian family in Chicago. As an adolescent, she studied drama and ballet, and on graduating from high school, went with a local dance group on a tour of Canada. She then took a job as a chorus girl in the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. After doing a fill-in in Indiana, she decided to pursue a singing career. Some executives at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) spotted her in a television commercial, and she was signed by MGM in 1952. Her first hit, "Why Don't You Believe Me?" sold over two million copies. She had a number of hits following that one, including "Your Cheatin' Heart" (a cover of Hank Williams' hit) and "Have You Heard?"

She was the first American to record at London's Abbey Road Studios, and recorded five albums there. She was also very popular across parts of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines where she performed at Manila's now defunct EM Club in 1957. She also scored a big hit in Manila with Filipino composer Salvador Asuncion's work entitled "In Despair."

James had seven Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Why Don't You Believe Me?" (#1 in 1952) "Have You Heard?" (#4 in 1953) "Your Cheatin' Heart" (#2 in 1953) "Almost Always" (#9 in 1953) "My Love, My Love" (#8 in 1953) "How Important Can It Be?" (#2 in 1955) and "You Are My Love" (#6 in 1955) as well as sixteen other Top 40 hits from 1952 to 1961. She has sold more than 100 million records.
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Joni James Discography

Albums

Joni James When I Fall In Love (Album) MGM Records US 1955 Sell This Version
Joni James In The Still Of The Night (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records US 1956 Sell This Version
Joni James Joni James "Award Winning Album" (Comp, EP) MGM Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Joni James Let There Be Love (Album) MGM Records UK 1954 Sell This Version
E3449 Joni James Joni Sings Songs By Victor Young And Songs By Frank Loesser(LP) MGM Records E3449 1956 Sell This Version
Joni James Sings Songs By Jerome Kern And Songs By Harry Warren (Album) MGM Records US 1957 Sell This Version
E3528 Joni James Give Us This Day(LP, Mono) MGM Records E3528 US 1957 Sell This Version
Joni James With Orchestra Conducted By David Terry* Joni James With Orchestra Conducted By David Terry* - Je T'aime... I Love You (Album) MGM Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Joni* Ti Voglio Bene ...I Love You (Album) MGM Records UK 1958 Sell This Version
Joni James Among My Souvenirs (Album) MGM Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Joni James Joni James Sings Songs Of Hank Williams (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Joni James At Carnegie Hall MGM Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Joni James Joni Swings Sweet (Album) MGM Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Joni James 100 Strings And Joni (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records Canada 1959 Sell This Version
Joni James 100 Strings & Joni On Broadway (Album) MGM Records UK 1960 Sell This Version
Joni James I'm In The Mood For Love (Album) MGM Records US 1960 Sell This Version
Joni James One Hundred Voices...One Hundred Strings & Joni MGM Records US 1960 Sell This Version
E 3749 Joni James Joni James Sings Irish Favorites(LP, Mono) MGM Records E 3749 US 1960 Sell This Version
Joni James The Mood Is Romance (Album) MGM Records US 1961 Sell This Version
Joni James 100 Strings & Joni In Hollywood MGM Records US 1961 Sell This Version
Joni James Folk Songs By Joni James (Album) MGM Records US 1961 Sell This Version
SE3935 Joni James My Foolish Heart(LP) MGM Records SE3935 US 1961 Sell This Version
SE 3987 Joni James The Mood Is Swinging(LP) MGM Records SE 3987 US 1961 Sell This Version
E3991 Joni James The mood is blue(LP, Album, Mono) MGM Records E3991 US 1961 Sell This Version
Joni James I Feel A Song Coming On MGM Records US 1962 Sell This Version

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