Helen Forrest (born Helen Fogel) (Atlantic City12 april 1917 - Woodland Hills11 July 1999) was an American singer from the big bandera. She sang, among other things, the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw and was very popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

She began her career in the band of her brother, in Washington D.C. and was adopted by bandleader Artie Shaw in 1938, replacing Billie Holiday. With Shaw, she recorded 38 singles, including the hits "They Say" and "All the Things You Are". In late 1939, she was adopted by Benny Goodman, where they worked until 1941. Here she sang on the hit "The Man I Love". In 1940 she took on with the trio of Nat King Cole and with Lionel Hampton's band. In 1941 she joined Harry James work, with which she had her biggest hits, such as "I Had the Craziest Dream" and "I Don't Want to Walk Without You". They also had a relationship with James. James ' Orchestra at the end of 1943, she left to pursue a solo career. Through her work with the big bands of that time, she was known as the voice of the name bands.

From 1944 to 1947 she sang at the radio show of Dick Haymes. With Haymes took them also successful duets, including "Some Sunday Morning". In 1944, she performed with the Harry James Orchestra in the movie "Bathing Beauty". Also, she appeared in "Two Girls and a Sailor". In the early 1960s, she sang in Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra, led by Sam Donahue. In the 1970s and 1980s, she sang in supper clubs. Her latest record came out In 1983. In her record career she has recorded more than 500 songs.

Forrest was also a human rights activist. She died by heart failure In 1999.


  • Voice of the Particular Bands, Capitol, 1956
  • I Wanna Be Loved, Hindsight, 1993
  • Cream or Helen Forrest, Flapper, 1996
  • Voice of the Big bands, Jasmine, 1997
  • On the Sunny Side Of The Street, Audiophile, 1999
  • Complete Helen Forrest With The Harry James Orchestra, collector's Choice Music, 1999
  • Sweet & Simple, Jasmine, 2000
  • Complete Helen Forrest With Benny Goodman, collector's Choice Music, 2002


  • I Had the Craziest Dream, Helen Forrest with Bill Libby, Coward McCann

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