Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training and it stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or folk music. Art music was historically disseminated through the performances of music, although since the beginning of the recording industry. Traditional music forms such as blues songs or hymns were passed along orally, or to smaller. The original application of the term is to music of the 1880s Tin Pan Alley period in the United States, although popular music sometimes is known as pop music, the two terms are not interchangeable. Popular music songs and pieces typically have easily singable melodies, in the 2000s, with songs and pieces available as digital sound files, it has become easier for music to spread from one country or region to another. Some popular music forms have become global, while others have an appeal within the culture of their origin.
Through the mixture of genres, new popular music forms are created to reflect the ideals of a global culture. The examples of Africa and the Middle East show how Western pop music styles can blend with local traditions to create new hybrid styles. Sales of recordings or sheet music are one measure and Manuel note that this definition has problems because multiple listens or plays of the same song or piece are not counted. Manuel states that one criticism of music is that it is produced by large media conglomerates and passively consumed by the public. He claims that the listeners in the scenario would not have been able to make the choice of their favorite music, understandings of popular music have changed with time. A societys popular music reflects the ideals that are prevalent at the time it is performed or published, david Riesman states that the youth audiences of popular music fit into either a majority group or a subculture. The majority group listens to the commercially produced styles while the subcultures find a minority style to transmit their own values and this allows youth to choose what music they identify with, which gives them power as consumers to control the market of popular music.
Form in popular music is most often sectional, the most common sections being verse, chorus or refrain, other common forms include thirty-two-bar form, chorus form *, and twelve-bar blues. Popular music songs are rarely composed using different music for each stanza of the lyrics, the verse and chorus are considered the primary elements. Each verse usually has the melody, but the lyrics change for most verses. The chorus usually has a phrase and a key lyrical line which is repeated
Stanley Newcomb Stan Kenton was an American jazz pianist and arranger who led an innovative and often controversial progressive jazz orchestra. In years he was active as an educator, Stan Kenton was born on December 15,1911 in Wichita and was raised first in Colorado, in California. He graduated from Bell High School, in Bell, Kenton learned piano as a child, and while still a teenager toured as a member of several bands. He played in the 1930s in the bands of Vido Musso and Gus Arnheim. In June 1941 he formed his first orchestra, which was named after his theme song Artistry in Rhythm, a competent pianist, influenced by Earl Hines, Kenton worked in the early days much more as an arranger than later, and as inspiration for his loyal sidemen. Although there were no musicians in his first band, Kenton spent the summer of 1941 playing regularly before an audience at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach. Influenced by Jimmie Lunceford, the Stan Kenton Orchestra struggled for a time after its initial success and its Decca recordings were not big sellers and a stint as Bob Hopes backup radio band during the 1943–44 season was an unhappy experience, Les Brown permanently took Kentons place.
Kentons first appearance in New York was in February 1942 at the Roseland Ballroom and its soloists during the war years included Art Pepper, briefly Stan Getz, altoist Boots Mussulli, and singer Anita ODay. By 1945, the band had evolved, the songwriter Joe Greene provided the lyrics for hit songs like And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine and Dont Let the Sun Catch You Cryin. A popular recording of Laura was made, the song from the film Laura. In the mid-1940s, Kentons band and style known as the wall of sound or wall of brass. Calling his music progressive jazz, Kenton sought to lead an orchestra as opposed to a dance band at a time when most big bands were beginning to wind up. Kenton had succeeded in forming a radical and very original band that gained its own audience, in 1949, Kenton took a year off. In 1950 he put together his most advanced band, the 39-piece Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra that included 16 strings, a woodwind section and its music ranged from the unique and very dense modern classical charts of Bob Graettinger to works that somehow swung despite the weight.
Kenton managed two tours during 1950–1951 but soon reverted to his usual 19-piece lineup, quite unexpectedly, Kenton went through a swinging period. The charts of such arrangers as Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Richards, the music was never predictable and could get quite bombastic, but it managed to swing while still keeping the Kenton sound. In 1956, when the band returned from its European trip, the Kenton band was playing in Ontario, Canada, at the time, and Kenton dispatched a telegram which lamented a new minority, white jazz musicians, and stated his disgust literary geniuses of jazz. Jazz critic Leonard Feather, responded in the October 3,1956, Feather implied that Kentons failure to win the Critics Poll was probably the real reason for the complaint, and wondered if racial prejudice was involved
Lyrics are words that make up a song usually consisting of verses and choruses. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist, the words to an extended musical composition such as an opera are, usually known as a libretto and their writer, as a librettist. The meaning of lyrics can either be explicit or implicit, some lyrics are abstract, almost unintelligible, and, in such cases, their explication emphasizes form, articulation and symmetry of expression. Rappers can create lyrics with a variation of rhyming words or words that create, Lyric derives via Latin lyricus from the Greek λυρικός, the adjectival form of lyre. It first appeared in English in the century in reference, to the Earl of Surreys translations of Petrarch. Stainer and Barrett used the word as a substantive, poetry or blank verse intended to be set to music. By the 1930s, the present use of the plurale tantum lyrics had begun, the singular form lyric still appears, its present use, however, is to refer to a specific phrase within a songs lyrics.
The differences between poem and song may become less meaningful where verse is set to music, to the point that any distinction becomes untenable and this is perhaps recognised in the way popular songs have lyrics. However, the verse may pre-date its tune, or the tune may be lost over time but the words survive, nursery rhymes may be songs, or doggerel, the term doesnt imply a distinction. The ghazal is a form that is considered primarily poetic. See rapping, roots of hip hop music, verse drama might normally be judged as poetry, but not consisting of poems. In Baroque music and their lyrics where prose, rather than paired lines they consist of rhetorical sentences or paragraphs consisting of an opening gesture, an amplification, and a close, in German Vordersatz-Fortspinnung-Epilog. For example, When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, But when I became a man, I put away childish things. -1 Corinthians 13,11 In the lyrics of music a shifter is a word, often a pronoun, where reference varies according to who is speaking, when.
For example, who is the my of My Generation, see Royalties Currently, there are many websites featuring song lyrics. This offering, however, is controversial, since some sites include copyrighted lyrics offered without the holders permission, music Publishers Association, which represents sheet music companies, launched a legal campaign against such websites in December 2005. The MPAs president, Lauren Keiser, said the free lyrics web sites are completely illegal, Lyrics licenses could be obtained worldwide through one of the two aggregators, LyricFind and Musixmatch. The first company to provide licensed lyrics was Yahoo, quickly followed by MetroLyrics and Lyrics. com
Beatrice Bea Wain is an American Big Band-era singer born in the Bronx, New York City. She had a number of hits with Larry Clinton and his Orchestra, after her marriage she and her husband became involved in radio. On a 1937 recording with Artie Shaw, she was credited as Beatrice Wayne, on record labels, her name was shortened to Bea by the record company, ostensibly for space considerations. As she explained, They cut it to Bea Wain and they cut the Beatrice out to Bea. I was just an old girl singer, but thats the truth. So thats how my name became Bea Wain and she led the vocal group Bea and the Bachelors and the V8 on the Fred Waring show. In 1937, Wain joined former Tommy Dorsey arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra and her debut with Clinton was made in the summer of 1938 at the Glen Island Casino, New York. She was featured with Clinton on a number of hit tunes, including Martha and Heart, in 1939, she was voted the most popular female band vocalist in Billboard annual college poll, and that same year she began her solo career.
Her first theater tour as a solo led to her being signed for the Your Hit Parade, Wain made her debut on radio at age six as a featured performer on the NBC Childrens Hour. Wain had four No.1 hits, Baby, Deep Purple and Soul, on May 1,1938, Wain married radio announcer André Baruch. Their honeymoon in Bermuda was cut short when Fred Allen called Baruch asking him to return to New York to substitute for his ailing announcer and they were married for 53 years. The couple had two children and Wayne, following her musical career, the couple worked as a husband-and-wife disc jockey team in New York on WMCA, where they were billed as Mr. and Mrs. Music. In 1973, the moved to Palm Beach, Florida. During the early 1980s, the pair hosted a version of Your Hit Parade, reconstructing the list of hits of selected weeks in the 1940s. In a 2004 interview with Christopher Popa, Wain reflected, Ive had a wonderful life, and Im still singing, and Im still singing pretty good. This past December, I did a series of shows in Palm Springs, California, I did six shows in six different venues, and I was a smash.
And I really got a kick out of it, amanda Wildes 2007 interview with Bea Wain Sara Fishkos 2007 interview with Bea Wain on WNYC Radio ArtistDirect. com, Bea Wain, accessed 17 October 17,2005. Bea Wain & Bea and the Bachelors, parabrisas. com, Bea Wain at the Internet Movie Database Profile, daisyfoundation. org Profile, kuow. org
Mildred Rinker Bailey was a popular and influential American jazz singer during the 1930s, known as The Queen of Swing, The Rockin Chair Lady and Mrs. Swing. Some of her hits are Its So Peaceful in the Country, Trust in Me. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, Small Fry, Please Be Kind, Darn That Dream, Rockin Chair, Blame It on My Last Affair, Bailey was born Mildred Rinker in Tekoa, Washington. Her mother, was an member of the Coeur dAlene Tribe. Her father, played fiddle and called square dances and her mother played piano every evening after supper and taught Mildred to play and sing. Her brothers were the vocalist and composer Al Rinker and the lyricist Charles Rinker, at seventeen, Bailey moved to Seattle and worked as a sheet music demonstrator at Woolworths. She married and divorced Ted Bailey, keeping his last name because she thought it sounded more American than Rinker, with the help of her second husband, Benny Stafford, she became an established blues and jazz singer on the West Coast.
According to Gary Giddins, in his book Bing Crosby, A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903–1940, in 1925 she secured work for her brother, Al Rinker, and his partner, Bing Crosby. Giddins further states that Crosby first heard of Louis Armstrong and other Chicago black jazz records from Baileys collection, Crosby helped Bailey in turn by introducing her to Paul Whiteman. She sang with Whitemans band from 1929 to 1933 and her first two records were as uncredited vocalist for a session by the Eddie Lang Orchestra in 1929 and a 1930 recording of I Like to Do Things for You for Frankie Trumbauer. She was Whitemans popular female vocalist through 1932, when she left the band over salary disagreements and she recorded a series of records for Brunswick in 1933 and an all-star session with Benny Goodmans studio band in 1934, featuring Coleman Hawkins. In the mid-1930s, she recorded with her husband, Red Norvo. A dynamic couple, they earned the nicknames Mr. and Mrs. Swing, from 1936 to 1939 Norvo recorded for Brunswick and Bailey made her own recordings for Vocalion, often with Norvos band.
Some of her recordings instead featured members of Count Basies band, despite their divorce, the two continue to record together off and on until 1945. She sang on a number of Benny Goodmans Columbia recordings in 1939 and 1940, a large woman, she suffered from diabetes and depression. She only made a few recordings following World War II, Bailey died of heart failure, due chiefly to diabetes, on December 12,1951, in Poughkeepsie, New York, aged 44. Norvo outlived Bailey by nearly half a century, dying in April 1999, in 1989, Bailey was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1938, Bailey had two number one hits with Red Norvo and his Orchestra, Please Be Kind reached number one on the Hit Parade chart on May 7
The Drifters (novel)
The Drifters is a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, published in 1971 by Random House. The novel follows six characters from diverse backgrounds and various countries as their paths meet and they travel together through parts of Spain, Morocco. The story is told from the perspective of the narrator, George Fairbanks, Mr. Fairbanks is connected with nearly every character in some way, and they all seem to open up to him throughout the novel in one way or another. In the first chapter, Joe is introduced as a disenfranchised youth who is enrolled at the University of California during the Vietnam War. After Joe realizes that with his grades he is going to get drafted, he hitchhikes to Yale University, after being referred to a woman in Boston named Gretchen, she helps him get into Canada, and he eventually goes to Torremolinos, Spain. While looking for a job and a place to stay, he takes over the ownership of a bar called The Alamo, in keeping with the theme throughout the book, the second chapter is about the character Britta, an 18-year-old girl from Tromsø, Norway.
After finishing school, she finds a job in an office at the docks, but eventually becomes curious about the world beyond Tromsø, once in Torremolinos, she loves it and finds a job as a waitress in a bar called The Alamo. Here, a man named Jean-Victor finds her a place to stay and she is introduced as living with her father in the Republic of Vwarda, where Monica becomes rebellious and begins to cause a stir in Vwardas Royal Family. She is forced out of the country and runs away with a pilot to Torremolinos. She meets a man named Jean-Victor, who finds her a place to live with a woman from Norway and a man from the United States. The fourth character of the book is Cato, he is introduced as the son of the Reverend Claypool Jackson, Cato Jackson is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania, whom the narrator meets at a drugstore where he stumbles upon a shooting of a local drugstore owner. After meeting Mr. Fairbanks, he and Cato talk all night, Cato runs off to Torremolinos, where he finds shelter in an apartment with a few other runaways of his own age.
In the fifth chapter of the book, the character Yigal is introduced as the son of a dean at a college in Haifa, Israel. He is shuffled between Israel and America throughout his youth, and even fights and becomes a hero in the Six-Day War, after a few months he moves back to England with his other grandfather and begins to engage in a lot of reading and in conversations with his grandfather. Eventually his grandfather suggests that he needs to spend time away, and he suggests the south of Spain. Gretchen is introduced as an intelligent girl from Boston who, at the age of 19, has already completed her bachelors degree. After campaigning across the United States for McCarthys nomination in Chicago at the Democratic Convention, during the riots she, during the process she is sexually assaulted, but the policemen who did it deny it, and nothing is ever done about it. Upon enrolling at the University of Besançon and living with her peers for a little while, someone suggests Torremolinos, so she buys a yellow pop-top van and begins to live out of it in Torremolinos
Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by music critic Scott Yanow as having one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century. Nicknamed Sassy and The Divine One, Sarah Vaughan was a four-time Grammy Award winner, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989. Sarah Vaughans father, Asbury Jake Vaughan, was a carpenter by trade and played guitar and her mother, Ada Vaughan, was a laundress and sang in the church choir. Jake and Ada Vaughan had migrated to Newark, New Jersey from Virginia during the First World War, Sarah was their only biological child, although in the 1960s they adopted Donna, the child of a woman who traveled on the road with Sarah Vaughan. The Vaughans lived in a house on Brunswick Street in Newark for Sarahs entire childhood, Jake Vaughan was deeply religious and the family was very active in the New Mount Zion Baptist Church at 186 Thomas Street. Sarah began piano lessons at the age of seven, sang in the choir and occasionally played piano for rehearsals.
Vaughan developed a love for popular music on records and the radio. In the 1930s, Newark had an active live music scene and Vaughan frequently saw local. However, her adventures as a performer began to overwhelm her academic pursuits. Around this time and her friends began venturing across the Hudson River into New York City to hear big bands at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlems Zeus Theater. In fact, the story that biographer Renee relates seems to be a bit more complex, Vaughan was frequently accompanied by a friend, Doris Robinson, on her trips into New York City. Some time in the fall of 1942, Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest, Vaughan played piano accompaniment for Robinson, who won second prize. Vaughan decided to go back and compete herself as a singer, Vaughan sang Body and Soul and won, although the exact date of her victorious Apollo performance is uncertain.
The prize, as Vaughan recalled to Marian McPartland, was $10, after a considerable delay, Vaughan was contacted by the Apollo in the spring of 1943 to open for Ella Fitzgerald. Some time during her week of performances at the Apollo, Vaughan was introduced to bandleader and pianist Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Hines singer at the time, has been credited by Vaughan and others with hearing her at the Apollo and recommending her to Hines. Hines claimed to have discovered her himself and offered her a job on the spot, after a brief tryout at the Apollo, Hines officially replaced his current male singer with Vaughan on April 4,1943. Vaughan spent the remainder of 1943 and part of 1944 touring the country with the Earl Hines big band that featured baritone Billy Eckstine. The Earl Hines band in this period is remembered as an incubator of bebop, as it included trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Charlie Parker and trombonist Bennie Green
Joseph Raymond Ray Conniff was an American bandleader and arranger best known for his Ray Conniff Singers during the 1960s. Conniff was born in Attleboro and learned to play the trombone from his father and he studied music arranging from a course book. After serving in the U. S. Army in World War II, he joined the Artie Shaw big band and he wrote a top 10 arrangement for Don Cherrys Band of Gold in 1955, a single that sold more than a million copies. He backed up the albums Tony by Tony Bennett, Blue Swing by Eileen Rodgers, Swingin for Two by Don Cherry, between 1957 and 1968, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40, the most famous one being Somewhere My Love. He topped the album list in Britain in 1969 with His Orchestra, His Chorus, His Singers, His Sound and he was the first American popular artist to record in Russia—in 1974 he recorded Ray Conniff in Moscow with the help of a local choir. In Brazil and Chile he was treated like a pop superstar in the 1980s and 1990s when he was in his 70s and 80s. I decided to have the choir sing along with the big band using wordless lyrics, the women were doubled with the trumpets and the men were doubled with the trombones.
In the booth Mitch was totally surprised and excited at how well it worked, because of the success of his backing arrangements, and the new sound Conniff created, Miller allowed him to make his own record, and this became the successful ’s Wonderful. A collection of standards that were recorded with an orchestra and a singing chorus. His second album was Dance the Bop and it was an experiment by one of the brass at Columbia to cash in on a conceived dance step creation, but from the outset, Conniff disliked it. When it sold poorly, he had it withdrawn from the market, in 1959 he started The Ray Conniff Singers and released the album Its the Talk of the Town. This group brought him the biggest hit he ever had in his career, the lyrics of the albums title selection were written to the music of Laras Theme from the film Doctor Zhivago, and the result was a top 10 single in the US. The album reached the US top 20 and went platinum, the single and album reached high positions in the international charts, whilst the first of four Christmas albums by the Singers, Christmas with Conniff was successful.
Nearly 50 years after its release, in 2004, Conniff was posthumously awarded a platinum album/CD, musically different highlights in Conniffs career are two albums he produced in cooperation with Billy Butterfield, an old friend from earlier swing days. Conniff Meets Butterfield featured Butterfields solo trumpet and a rhythm group, Just Kiddin Around, released 1963. Both albums are pure light jazz and did not feature any vocals, Conniff recorded in New York from 1955 through 1961 and mainly in Los Angeles from 1962 through 2000. Later in the 1960s he produced an average of two instrumental and one album a year. Conniff sold about 70 million albums worldwide, and continued recording and performing until his death in 2002 and he died in Escondido, from a fall he suffered in a bathtub, and is buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
One Hour Photo
One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. Seymour Sy Parrish is a technician at a one-hour photo in a big-box store. Hes a perfectionist with an appreciation of his customers and work. His work is his life, as he has no one and nothing to go home to at the end of day, he spends his evenings sitting alone in his barren living room. His favorite customers are the Yorkin family, husband Will, wife Nina and he has developed their photos for many years and is obsessed with the family, using his access to their photos to gain an extremely detailed understanding of their personal lives. Sy secretly makes his own copies of the Yorkins photos from the film negatives and he fantasizes about being a member of their family and sharing in the love he assumes they feel. He is painfully shy and socially inept and his attempts to become closer to the family are gently rebuffed, Sy eventually manages to spark a connection with Nina when he pretends to be interested in a book that he saw her purchase.
Nina asks Sy personal questions about his life, realizing that he lives a solitary existence, the next day, his boss Bill fires him after learning that Sys machine has printed many more prints than have been ordered and paid for. While inspecting his photos for the last time, Sy discovers that Will is having an extramarital affair, and his idyllic conception of the Yorkins as the perfect family is shattered. Sy secretly places photos of Will and his mistress, Maya Burson, into a packet of photos that Nina was scheduled to pick up at SavMart, Sy follows and takes pictures of Bills young daughter, and sends them to Bill as a threat. Yoshi, another SavMart employee, discovers the pictures and turns them over to Bill, while detectives Van Der Zee and Outerbridge discover Sys obsession, Sy confronts Will and Maya during a rendezvous in their hotel room. Armed with a knife and a camera, Sy forces the lovers to pose naked in sexual positions while he takes pictures, after the confrontation, Sy sees that the police have arrived at the hotel and he escapes through an emergency exit.
The exit door trips an alarm and Van Der Zee pursues him while Outerbridge discovers Will and Maya, physically unharmed, the police apprehend Sy in the parking garage. Upon being arrested, Sy claims, I just took pictures, Van Der Zee interrogates Sy and asks him why he terrorized the Yorkins. Sy states that he can tell Van Der Zee is a father who would never take disgusting, sick. Sy asks for the pictures that he took at the hotel and they appear to be only shots of objects and furnishings of a hotel room. The film closes with a family picture of the Yorkins with Wills arm around a smiling Sy. James Van Der Zee Clark Gregg as Det, Paul Outerbridge Paul H. Kim as Yoshi Araki Romanek intended the film to be much longer, but the studio ordered it to be shortened, and elements rearranged out of concerns about commerciality
The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. The word piano is a form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the early 1700s versions of the instrument. The first fortepianos in the 1700s had a sound and smaller dynamic range. An acoustic piano usually has a wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings. Pressing one or more keys on the keyboard causes a padded hammer to strike the strings. The hammer rebounds from the strings, and the continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a soundboard that amplifies by more efficiently coupling the acoustic energy to the air, when the key is released, a damper stops the strings vibration, ending the sound. Notes can be sustained, even when the keys are released by the fingers and thumbs and this means that the piano can play 88 different pitches, going from the deepest bass range to the highest treble.
The black keys are for the accidentals, which are needed to play in all twelve keys, more rarely, some pianos have additional keys. Most notes have three strings, except for the bass that graduates from one to two, the strings are sounded when keys are pressed or struck, and silenced by dampers when the hands are lifted from the keyboard. There are two types of piano, the grand piano and the upright piano. The grand piano is used for Classical solos, chamber music and art song and it is used in jazz. The upright piano, which is compact, is the most popular type, as they are a better size for use in private homes for domestic music-making. During the nineteenth century, music publishers produced many works in arrangements for piano, so that music lovers could play. The piano is widely employed in classical, jazz and popular music for solo and ensemble performances, with technological advances, amplified electric pianos, electronic pianos, and digital pianos have been developed. The electric piano became an instrument in the 1960s and 1970s genres of jazz fusion, funk music.
The piano was founded on earlier technological innovations in keyboard instruments, pipe organs have been used since Antiquity, and as such, the development of pipe organs enabled instrument builders to learn about creating keyboard mechanisms for sounding pitches
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
Is a 1961 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, with a jazz quartet led by Lou Levy. The liner notes are by Benny Green of the London Observer. –2,41 Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most –6,13 The Music Goes Round and Round –2,27 Bonus Tracks, Issued on the 1989 Verve-PolyGram CD Reissue, Verve-PolyGram 835 646-2, the One I Love –2,1216
Helen was born Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 12,1917. Her parents and Rebecca Fogel, were Russian-born Jews, while she was still an infant, Helens father died from influenza. Helen was raised by her mother, who blamed her husbands death on the birth of Helen. She believed that God had taken her husband because she had wished so much for a baby girl, Helen had three older brothers, Harry, Ed, and Sam. The family relocated to Brooklyn when Helen was in her teenage years. Her mother married a painter, a man that Helen disliked. Soon, Helens mother and stepfather turned the home into a brothel. At age 14, Helen was nearly raped by her stepfather, Helen defended herself with a kitchen knife, injuring him. Following this, she was permitted by her mother to live with her teacher, Honey Silverman. While teaching her piano, Honey noticed Helens singing ability and encouraged her to focus on singing instead, anxious to find a career in singing, Helen dropped out of high school to pursue her dream.
Helen returned to Atlantic City and began singing with her brother Eds band and she soon returned to New York City, where she visited song publishers and performed an audition for a 15-minute slot for a local radio show. Around this time, Helen was encouraged to change her name from Fogel to Forrest because her name sounded too Jewish, in 1934, 17-year-old Helen began singing for WNEW in New York. She performed for WCBS where she was known as “Bonnie Blue” and “The Blue Lady of Song. ”Eventually she found a job at the Madrillon Club, in Washington. After seeing Forrest at the Madrillon, bandleader Artie Shaw asked her to go on tour with him, for a time she and Holiday were both working with Shaws band. In some venues, African-American performers were required to remain off stage until they performed, when Forrest became aware of this, she stated that like Holiday, she would not take the stage until she was to sing. She recorded 38 singles with Shaws band, Two of her biggest hits with Shaw were the songs They Say and All the Things You Are.
During her time with Shaw, Helen Forrest became a national favorite, in November 1939, Shaw broke up his band. Helen joined Benny Goodman in December 1939, with whom she recorded a number of celebrated songs, Helen recorded 55 studio recordings with Goodman