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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, Rovi
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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.
The kind of music that makes you want to cuddle. Sigh!
What a lovely era it was.
I was born in the wrong era.. If I didn't know any better I'd say I was reincarnated !
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.
achalfen
Compare this music and artistry to today's trash, it's unbelievable that we have reached such a low level of satisfaction .
Helen had a very pleasant voice. I could liistrn to hrr for ever.
Please come back
sapphireeyez 5 0 4
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.
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
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.
What a songbird--tr u l y beautiful voice!
I'm in the mood for love was played for Luke and Laura on General Hospital! I just heard it :)
Sounds of the 40's and at 80+ I still love them.
Remineds Me Of The Good Old days of the 40's
sounds a little like Judy Garland this is the first time i have heard her
bw141
Helen Forrest....t h e voice of the big bands!
One of the greatest voices of her day. Gone but not forgotten. RIP Helen.
what a voice, can close my eyes and just enjoy such wonderful music!
Helen has always been my favorite, what can I say wherever she is I would love to be with her.
wilbudge
I finally get why my parents didn't understand Rock and Roll.
scott.manhei m e r
gtyefrtyuiiy t r n h g h j k k j h t t y g h h g r r e e e f g
jake.sj
This is one of Helen Forrest's best numbers .. so up beat! She was wonderful!
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!
She was my father's favorite female singer.
great let's hear more of her
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
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.
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.
dariusdrago
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Forrest in Pittsburgh in the 1990's. It was a thrill for me.
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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