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Helen Forrest

One of the more popular big-band-era singers, a performer that some might not consider a jazz vocalist, but one with exceptional ability to project lyrics and also an excellent interpreter. Forrest used several names early in her career, among them the Blue Lady and Bonnie Blue.

She began singing in her brother's band in Washington, D.C., then was featured in Artie Shaw's band after Billie Holiday left in 1938. Forrest joined Benny Goodman when Shaw disbanded in 1939, staying until 1941. She recorded with Nat King Cole's trio and Lionel Hampton in 1940, then began to score hits working with the Harry James orchestra. During the early '40s, she had string of successes. Later she teamed with Dick Haymes on his radio show and on six duets that were big hits. Forrest cut back her activity in the '50s, then sang with Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra led by Sam Donahue in the early '60s. She continued to work on the club circut in the '70s and '80s, making a new album for Stash in 1983. Forrest died July 11, 1999 at age 82. ~ Ron Wynn
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Help Yourself To My Heart

1. Whatta Ya Gonna Do

2. All Of Me

3. I Wish I Didn't Love You So

4. You Do

5. Baby Come Home

6. You Were Meant For Me

7. The Feathery Feelin'

8. Worry, Worry, Worry

9. Cincinnati

10. Ain't Doin' Bad Doin' Nothin'

11. Help Yourself To My Heart

12. What Did I Do

13. I Love You Much Too Much

14. Down The Stairs, Out The Door

15. For Heaven's Sake

16. Is It Too Late

17. My Mistake

18. Lover's Gold

19. Possibilities

20. Homework

21. You Can Have Him

22. Give Me A Song With A Beautiful Melody

23. Just Got To Have Him Around

24. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

25. More Than I Should

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Track List: I Had the Craziest Dream

1. I Had the Craziest Dream

2. Time Waits for No One

3. They Say

4. Thanks for Ev'rything

5. Taking a Chance on Love

6. Some Sunday Morning

7. I Heard You Cried Last Night

8. I Poured My Heart into a Song

9. I'll Buy That Dream

10. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

11. It Had to Be You

12. I've Heard That Song Before

13. Long Ago (And Far Away)

14. Manhattan Serenade

15. Melancholy Mood

16. Mr. Five by Five

17. Oh! What It Seemed to Be

18. Together

19. I Don't Want to Walk Without You

20. I Can't Love You Anymore

21. How High the Moon?

22. He's My Guy

23. Deep in a Dream

24. Comes Love

25. All the Things You Are

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Track List: The Voice Of The Big Bands

1. Deep In A Dream

2. Deep Purple

3. Comes Love

4. Day In Day Out

5. All The Things You Are

6. Moon Ray

7. How High The Moon

8. Shake Down The Stars

9. It Never Entered My Mind

10. I'm Nobody's Baby

11. Taking A Chance On Love

12. Yes, My Darling Daughter

13. Bewitched

14. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

15. When The Sun Comes Out

16. The Devil Sat Down And Cried

17. I Don't Want To Walk Without You

18. Skylark

19. He's My Guy

20. I Had The Craziest Dream

21. I've Heard That Song Before

22. Close To You

23. Long Ago And Far Away

24. It Had To Be You

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Track List: The Cream Of Helen Forrest

1. Day In Day Out

2. All The Things You Are

4. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

5. Comes Love

6. I've Heard That Song Before

7. When The Sun Comes Out

9. Yes, My Darling Daughter

10. Do I Love You

11. I Poured My Heart Into A Song

12. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

13. I Hear A Rhapsody

14. This Is It

16. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

18. But Not For Me

19. Bill

22. I Cried For You

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Track List: I Wanna Be Loved Cd

1. That's My Desire

2. My Ideal

3. Paradise

4. Too Marvelous For Words

5. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

6. I'm Confessin'

7. I'm In The Mood For Love

8. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

9. You Go To My Head

10. I Wanna Be Loved

11. Bill

12. Mad About The Boy

13. I Only Have Eyes For You

14. The One I Love

15. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance

16. Deep Purple

17. East Of The Sun

18. My Man

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My parents' song! Hi Mom and Dad!
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Of all the female big band singers, Helen Forrest was the best! What a unique singing style.
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Listening to Helen Forrest will make you a believer in reincarnatio n .
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She can sing love to dance to her
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My father and mother loved her songs. Brings back memories of the greatest generation.
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i just love to hear her voice on the many songs she sings. It brings back memories to me of the big band times when I was a young teen. I'm now in my 80's.
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She has an amazing voice!!! It's sad that she died before I was born. #LEGEND
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slheller9
She always sang right in the middle of the pitch unlike Sinatra or Billie Holliday. A perfect band vocalist!
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Amazing voice! Love love her.
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achalfen
Looking for a Time Machine to take back to this era.
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gordoparseek e r
I could listen to Helen all day. Beautiful voice and you don't get lyrics sung like this anymore.
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The kind of music that makes you want to cuddle. Sigh!
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What a lovely era it was.
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I was born in the wrong era.. If I didn't know any better I'd say I was reincarnated !
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A great voice. Actually saw her a few years before she died. Played a little club in Los Angeles. She was still lovely and her voice was lovelier still.
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k.pogwizd
Helen had a very pleasant voice. I could liistrn to hrr for ever.
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Please come back
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im so late on discovering Helen! im young but im lovin Smoke gets in your eyes. I wish I was born back then when this was made. I wanna dance in romance to this.
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Love Helen's voice. I'm in my 20's keeping swing alive, playing her out of an old '33 Zenith. This is what music sounded like 75 years ago... amazing
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Russell S: I'm right there with you, altho maybe a year or two younger. It was nice when you could sign along to, hum with and whistle to a song.
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What a songbird--tr u l y beautiful voice!
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I'm in the mood for love was played for Luke and Laura on General Hospital! I just heard it :)
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Sounds of the 40's and at 80+ I still love them.
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Remineds Me Of The Good Old days of the 40's
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sounds a little like Judy Garland this is the first time i have heard her
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bw141
Helen Forrest....t h e voice of the big bands!
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One of the greatest voices of her day. Gone but not forgotten. RIP Helen.
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what a voice, can close my eyes and just enjoy such wonderful music!
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Helen has always been my favorite, what can I say wherever she is I would love to be with her.
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wilbudge
I finally get why my parents didn't understand Rock and Roll.
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scott.manhei m e r
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jake.sj
This is one of Helen Forrest's best numbers .. so up beat! She was wonderful!
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mcartolano
From my parent's generation, Helen Forrest is perhaps the best female band vocalist. God bless that generation with such wonderful artists. They put today's music to shame!
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She was my father's favorite female singer.
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great let's hear more of her
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This was one of my "dream" girls during my teen years. Along with Ginny Simms, Helen O'Connel and Harriet Nelson. There were others of course Wee Bonnie Baker among them. During the latter days of the depression when this nation began to recover most of us could not afford to go to Glenn Island Casino and places like that so records and the "Victola" were what we had to depend on for dances and entertainmen t . For me, although most of us were not people of means; most of those times were hard,b
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Hey everybody: "dariusdrago " has freakin' Al Jolson listed as one of his few stations!!! Uh... darius, bet your ulcer still acts up when you think of the advancements that have taken place since the Civil Rights Movement.
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I believe that she was born Helen Jacobs in Atlantic City. She is generally regarded as the very best of the female big band singers of all time.
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dariusdrago
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Forrest in Pittsburgh in the 1990's. It was a thrill for me.
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freeforlizzy
I have always loved Helen Forrest's music! Please add her to my list of Favorites to my station. Thanks!

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