How to Sing Hillbilly Style

Listen to the famous elegant phrasings of Jo Stafford in one of her typically stylish excursions. "Admired for the purity of her voice, she originally underwent classical training to become an opera singer," it says at the link.

Now listen to her do hillbilly. I guess good training allows mastery of any mode.

     Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 08, 2014
     Category: Music | Regionalism | 1940s | Parody

She sure could sing! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/08/14 at 09:00 AM
I see that Stafford's history falls into the same category as Spike Jones or Al Yankovich - people who appreciate a good song, are very serious musicians, and are not afraid to poke fun at those who take themselves too seriously.

After listening to both selections I am reminded of Christine McIntyre, a seriously trained operatic performer, also associated with the Three Stooges.
Posted by KDP on 01/08/14 at 09:04 AM
Ms. Jo would have loved WU!
It takes a lot of training to learn how to sing "badly" on purpose. She is spot -on as a hillbilly and that either comes naturally (the ONLY way one knows how to sing) or with lots of practice (meaning plenty of other styles are options, too).
Great links!! Two great songs 😊
Posted by GirlgeniusNYC on 01/08/14 at 09:19 AM
Very impressive! Of course, if you've had classical opera training, presumably, you can perform convincingly in English, French, Italian and German, for a start; after that lot, a regional US accent shouldn't present much of a problem.
That having been said, after 1/3 of a century here in Atlanta, I still can't do a convincing American accent of any stripe...
Posted by TheCannyScot on 01/08/14 at 11:16 AM
I'll take version 2... It's real.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/08/14 at 12:06 PM
Don't forget that Jo Stafford and her husband did a wonderful set of satire on French Torch songs, releasing the album as "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards".

Their take on "April in Paris" must be heard, with off keys, bad slides and slurs, and mixed rhythms as "Johnathan" tries to keep in time with "Darlene".
Posted by JohnD1 on 01/10/14 at 09:38 AM
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