Joni James

Joni James

Real Name:
Giovanna 'Joan' Carmella Babbo
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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

E3240 Joni James When I Fall In Love (Album) MGM Records E3240 US 1955 Sell This Version
E-3328, E3328 Joni James In The Still Of The Night (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records E-3328, E3328 US 1956 Sell This Version
X234 Joni James Joni James "Award Winning Album" (Comp, EP) MGM Records X234 US 1954 Sell This Version
D 127 Joni James Let There Be Love (Album) MGM Records D 127 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
E3533 Joni James Sings Songs By Jerome Kern And Songs By Harry Warren (Album) MGM Records E3533 US 1957 Sell This Version
E3528 Joni James Give Us This Day(LP, Mono) MGM Records E3528 US 1957 Sell This Version
E 3718 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 E 3718 US 1958 Sell This Version
MGM C 809 Joni* Ti Voglio Bene ...I Love You (Album) MGM Records MGM C 809 UK 1958 Sell This Version
E 3602 Joni James Among My Souvenirs (Album) MGM Records E 3602 US 1958 Sell This Version
E3739, E-3739 Joni James Joni James Sings Songs Of Hank Williams (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records E3739, E-3739 US 1959 Sell This Version
E 3800 Joni James At Carnegie Hall MGM Records E 3800 US 1959 Sell This Version
E3772, SE3772 Joni James Joni Swings Sweet (Album) MGM Records E3772, SE3772 US 1959 Sell This Version
E-3755 Joni James 100 Strings And Joni (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records E-3755 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
SE3839 Joni James 100 Strings & Joni On Broadway (Album) MGM Records SE3839 US 1960 Sell This Version
SE3837 Joni James I'm In The Mood For Love (Album) MGM Records SE3837 US 1960 Sell This Version
SE 3892 Joni James One Hundred Voices...One Hundred Strings & Joni MGM Records SE 3892 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
SE3990 Joni James The Mood Is Romance (Album) MGM Records SE3990 US 1961 Sell This Version
SE3840 Joni James 100 Strings & Joni In Hollywood MGM Records SE3840 US 1961 Sell This Version
SE 3958 Joni James Folk Songs By Joni James (Album) MGM Records SE 3958 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
E4053 Joni James I Feel A Song Coming On MGM Records E4053 US 1962 Sell This Version

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