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.
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.
|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|
|14. Sentimental Me|
15. Tell The Moon To Go To Sleep