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Supreme Female Jazz: Helen Forrest

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A collection of Forrest's work with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Harry James.


Born: 12 April 1917 in Atlantic City, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

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...
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