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Helen O'Connell

Helen O'Connell, who had a fairly long career, will always be best remembered for her squeals on "Green Eyes" and her work with Jimmy Dorsey. She originally left her native Toledo with Jimmy Richards' nine-piece group, gigging and touring for a year and a half. O'Connell appeared on a regular radio show in St. Louis until she agreed to tour with Larry Funk's band (which was billed as "Band of a Thousand Melodies"). After the outfit started working in New York, she was discovered and quickly signed up by Jimmy Dorsey in 1938. O'Connell soon had a hit rendition of "All of Me," which was followed by popular recordings of "Embraceable You," "Brazil," "Jim." and "When the Sun Comes Out" (which she introduced). However, it was in December 1940, when she started sharing recordings with ballad singer Bob Eberly, that O'Connell for a time became a household name. Eberly generally took a slow chorus, Jimmy Dorsey would have a brief instrumental interlude, and then O'Connell would finish up the record with a swinging chorus. This combination worked very well on hit versions of "Amapola," "Yours," "Green Eyes" and "Tangerine." After appearing in the 1943 movie I Dood It with Dorsey (singing "Star Eyes"), O'Connell retired to get married; she would eventually have four daughters. In 1950 she began a successful solo career, making occasional records, appearing regularly on television (she spent a period as co-host of The Today Show), toured as part of Four Girls Four (which also included Kay Starr, Rosemary Clooney and Rose Marie) and made guest appearances with the Jimmy Dorsey ghost band, singing in an unchanged style. Although her voice was limited, she made her deficiencies into assets and carved out her own place in musical history. Helen O'Connell was active up until shortly before her death from cancer. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I've Got the World On a String

1. Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love for You)

2. Manhattan

3. I Cried for You

4. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)

5. Ten Cents a Dance

6. I Hadn't Anyone Till' You

7. It's a Lonesome Old Town

8. He's Funny That Way

9. You Turned the Tables On Me

10. They Can't Take That Away from Me

11. Boulevard of Broken Dreams

12. I've Got the World On a String

13. Just One More Chance

14. Blue and Broken Hearted

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. Crazy Heart

2. Hang Up

3. Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)

4. You're The Only One I Adore

5. Come What May

6. Green Eyes

7. Inspiration

8. Star Eyes

9. Farewell (For Just A While)

10. I Just Can't Remember The Words

11. Sailor Boys Have Talk To Me In English

12. Hey Good Lookin'

13. Sorry, Sorry, Sorry

14. Cool Cool Kisses

15. How D'Ya Like Your Eggs InThe Morning

16. The Loveliest Night Of The Year

17. A Long Last Look

18. Zing A Little Zong

19. Body And Soul

20. Water Can't Quench The Fire Of Love

21. Rub-A-Dub

22. We Never Talk Much

23. Don't Bother To Knock

24. A Crazy Waltz

25. You Like?

26. Kiss Or Get Off The Spot

27. Give Me The Name, Age, Height And Size Of You

28. Hi Diddle Dee (My My)

29. No More Tears To Cry

30. You Can Do It

31. No Other Love

32. Baby We're In Love

33. One For The Wonder

34. Teardrops From My Eyes

35. Night For Love

36. Wonder Why

37. Slow Poke

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Track List: Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

1. Contrasts

2. I'll Never Smile Again

3. Hep-Tee-Hootie

4. Blueberry Hill

5. Moonlight on the River

6. All This and Heaven Too

7. Six Lessons from Madam La Zonga

8. The Nearness of You

9. While the Music Plays On

10. Dolomite

11. Only a Rose

12. I Bought a Wooden Whistle

13. Devil May Care

14. Blue Lou

15. Imagination

16. You, You Darlin'

17. And so Do I

18. Julia

19. Fools Rush In

20. I'm Stepping out with a Memory Tonight

21. Let There Be Love

22. Flight of the Jitterbug

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Track List: The Sweetest Sounds

1. The Sweetest Sounds

2. Taking A Chance On Love

3. Fly Me To The Moon

4. Tangerine

5. September In The Rain

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

7. A Beautiful Friendship

8. Embraceable You

9. Autumn Leaves

10. Moon River

11. Green Eyes

12. Just In Time

13. Not Mine

14. When The Sun Comes Out

15. Witchcraft

16. Amapola

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Before my time of the 60s but so very lovely. 40s full of love and romance. We need that now.
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These songs bring back fond memories of my past. There is nothing like them in contemporary music
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beautiful voice and lyrics

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