years ago, I compiled and released a CD entitled “Thank You Captain Miller”
that featured my aunt Anne Shelton singing with Glenn Miller, and Bing Crosby, I
also included a track called “If There are Stars in my Eyes” that was sung
by my other aunt, Anne’s youngest sister Jo Shelton. It has been amazing the
response I have had from those wonderful people that bought the CD, it has been
so uplifting to hear such comments about my aunt, and is indeed a great reward
to me to know how popular she still is even 12 years after her death.
more amazing, and pleasing have been the amount of people that have got back to
me saying what a wonderful voice Jo had, and how similar it is to Anne’s.
These comments, and the response, has spurred me on to compile another CD, that
is unique, in as much as both Anne and Jo are featured on this CD, this has
never been done before. By the magic of modern technology Anne and Jo’s voices
have been merged, and they are both singing “Tread Softly”. On this track it
is noticeable how similar there voices are, but some of you may be able to tell
the difference. Another point of interest is that the words to the track
entitled “Just Look Around” were in fact written by Jo, and the music was
written by their close friend Tutti Camarata.
“Thank you Captain Miller” I wanted to concentrate on releasing recordings
that she made at the start of her career, with this new CD I am releasing songs
from the 50’s when she was recognised as England’s leading lady of song.
The reason why I have decided to call this CD “My Pal Jo” is in memory of the close relationship that the two sisters had. Anne often said that ”Jo was her best pal, as well as her beloved sister". So a fitting tribute starts off this CD with Anne singing “Happiness is a Thing Called Jo” I hope you enjoy “My Pal Jo”, as much as I have enjoyed compiling it.
Kelly Richards (Anne and Jo’s niece) April 2006
Happiness Is A Thing Called Jo
To Love And Be Loved
Don’t Leave Me Now
I Need Your Arms Around Me
Ay Ay Ay Baio.
If You’ve Never Been In Love
With A Shillelagh Under Me Arm
Love Him So Much I Could Scream
I Get So Lonely
You’ll Never Know
Lay Down Your Arms
Just Look Around
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