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Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameGiovanna Carmella Babbo

Mini Bio (1)

Joni James was born on September 22, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Giovanna Carmella Babbo. She was previously married to Gen. Bernard A. Schriever (Ret) and Tony Acquaviva.

Spouse (2)

Gen. Bernard A. Schriever (Ret) (5 October 1997 - 20 June 2005) (his death)
Tony Acquaviva (1 December 1956 - 27 September 1986) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

Sang the chart-topping tune "Why Don't You Believe Me" which debuted on 18 October 1952. The 45 remained at the top of the American charts for six weeks.
Sang two songs that went to No. 2 on the American Top 40 list - "Your Cheatin' Heart" in 1953 and "How Important Can It Be" in 1955.
Had 15 recordings which cracked the Top 40 charts in the United States
During her years recording for MGM records, she sold over a 100 million records.
Joni James and Sonny James were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6630 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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