Jo Ann Tolley

Jo Ann Tolley is a female vocalist who recorded on the MGM Records and Jubilee Records labels in the 1950s. Among her notable songs are I'd Never Forgive Myself (1953),[1] I Tried Again/That's What I Like (1954) and Don't/ Baby Want You Please Come Home (1955).[2] Although her music was once erroneously reviewed as rhythm & blues, it is considered pop music.[3] According to Frank Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley. Tolley had a romance with Sinatra.[4]

Tolley toured frequently in the 1950s. In 1953 she opened at the Casa Blanca in Canton, Ohio on December 11, for three days. Afterward she performed for two weeks at the Spa Athletic Club in Erie, Pennsylvania, beginning on December 14.[5] Tolley appeared on the WRC-TV program, The National Radio Fan Club, on July 15, 1955.[6] Tolley was an added attraction on a bill with Bill Haley and the Comets at the Courthouse Square Theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts, in December 1955.[7]


  1. Pop Memories 1890-1954, Joel Whitburn, Record Research, 1986, pg. 421.
  2. Jubilee, Soulful Kinda Music, Magazine & Web Site.
  3. Music As Written, Billboard Magazine, August 6, 1955, pg. 42.
  4. His Way, Kitty Kelley, Random House, 1987.
  5. Billboard Magazine, December 12, 1953, pg. 19.
  6. Radio Highlights, Washington Post and Times Herald, July 15, 1955, pg. 57.
  7. Comets Set Mark At Springfield, Billboard Magazine, December 31, 1955, pg. 18.

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