1934 to 1990
April 12, 1917 in Atlantic City
July 11, 1999
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Helen Forrest (April 12, 1917 - July 11, 1999) was an American singer. She served as the "girl singer" for three of the most popular big bands of the Swing Era (Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James), thereby earning a reputation as "the voice of the name bands." Helen was born Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 12, 1917. Her parents, Louis and Rebecca Fogel, were Russian-born Jews. While she was still an infant, Helen's father died from influenza. Helen was raised by her mother, who often blamed her husband's death on the birth of Helen.
Albums, Releases & Mixtapes
Reader's Digest Music: Margaret Whiting, Helen Forrest and Helen O'connell: The Reader's Digest "Songbird" Sessions
Margaret Whiting November 30, 2017