Classic Vocalist: Joni James

Joni James pictured on the cover of her 1962 Im Your Girl album.
Joni James pictured on the cover of her 1962 I’m Your Girl album.

Joni James was born Giovanna ‘Joan’ Carmello Babbo on September 2, 1930.  She later tired of all the mispronunciation of her name and it was changed to Joni James.

Her 1952 recording of Why Don’t You Believe Me was No.1 for six weeks and she had six other songs that reached the Top 10 Hits list. She retired from the music industry in 1964 to take care of her sick husband Tony Acquaviva until his death in 1986.

She then remarried General Bernard A. Schriever on October 5, 1997 and he died on June 20,2005. She has remained unmarried since his death.

After his death she returned to the music industry but couldn’t regain the magic of the 1950’s she sold millions of records.

Joni James

Her website mentions no concerts since 2003 so she is apparently retired and is now 83 years old. Am posting the covers of some of her albums that show her many different looks. Seven different album covers, with seven different looks for Ms. James.



Joni James seen on the record album cover of In The Still of the Night.

I have a compact disc of the In The Still of the Night album and I loved it the first time I heard it, since it has so many songs from the 40’s.

Track Listings

1. Stardust
2. But Not For Me
3. Someone To Watch Over Me
4. My Heart Stood Still
5. Fools Rush In
6. My Funny Valentine
7. Don’t Take Your Love From Me
8. My Reverie
9. In The Still Of The Night
10. What’s New
11. Deep Purple
12. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
13. More
14. Sentimental Me

15. Tell The Moon To Go To Sleep


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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