Helen Forrest: I've Heard That Song Before - Her 25 Finest - A Centenary Tribute 1938-1945
12th April 2017 marks the centenary of Swing Era’s “voice of the name bands”, Helen Forrest (1917-1999), the singer who fronted the bands of Artie Shaw, then Benny Goodman, then Harry James. Retrospective’s tribute contains all 25 of her hits peaking above No.10 in the charts, including seven Number Ones: Thanks For Everything and They Say (with Artie Shaw), Taking A Chance On Love (with Benny Goodman), and I Don’t Want To Walk Without You, I Had The Craziest Dream, Mister Five-By-Five and the biggest hit of all I’ve Heard That Song Before (all with Harry James). After leaving James she teamed up with his top male vocalist Dick Haymes for a string of duet recordings that made them the most popular of all duo partnerships of the mid-40s, with huge hits such as Long Ago And Far Away and I’ll Buy That Dream (both No.2s).
The relaxed vocal style and innate musicality with which Helen Forrest captivated Shaw, Goodman and James bring the great days of the Big Band Era to life as you listen to these 25 evergreens and say “I’ve heard that song before”.