Helen Forrest

Swing Music Vocalist
Born Apr 12, 1917

Helen Forrest was one of the most popular female vocalists during America's big band Swing Era. During her career, Forrest served as the "girl singer" for three of the most popular bands of the big band swing era, thus earning the reputation as "the voice of the name bands."… Read More

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1917 Birth She was born Helen Fogel to a Jewish family in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 12, 1917. … Read More


1939 22 Years Old In late 1939, Forrest left Shaw and joined Benny Goodman, with whom she recorded a number of celebrated songs, including the hit song "The Man I Love." … Read More
1940 23 Years Old She recorded with Nat King Cole and Lionel Hampton in 1940.
1941 24 Years Old In 1941, Forrest was hired by Harry James.
1942 25 Years Old 1 More Event
It was with the Harry James Orchestra that she recorded what are arguably her most popular numbers, including "I Had the Craziest Dream" in 1942 and "I Don't Want to Walk Without You." … Read More
1943 26 Years Old Forrest left Harry James in late 1943 in pursuit of a solo career.
From 1944 to 1947, she sang on Dick Haymes' radio show. … Read More


1999 82 Years Old Helen Forrest died on July 11, 1999 from congestive heart failure at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. … Read More
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