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Queen of Big Band Swing [Living Era]

The Queen of Big Band Swing [Living Era]

by Helen Ward
This British compilation traces Helen Ward's work as female vocalist with the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Bob Crosby, Joe Sullivan, and Harry James between 1936 and


This British compilation traces Helen Ward's work as female vocalist with the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Bob Crosby, Joe Sullivan, and Harry James between 1936 and 1943. Of course, Ward's most prominent association was with Goodman from 1934 to 1936, a pairing that resulted in the chart-toppers "It's Been So Long," "Goody Goody," "The Glory of Love," "These Foolish Things," and "You Turned the Tables on Me." They show Ward as a strong rhythm singer with a bluesy tone who can also handle ballads, and she is more reminiscent of jazz-oriented contemporaries like Mildred Bailey than such smooth successors as Helen Forrest. A few of her Top Ten hits are missing, and the tracks have been transferred from 78s, so the sound is only adequate, but the breadth of the collection, which features such rarities as her only recordings with Crosby and Sullivan and an airchcheck with James, makes up for its lapses, so that this is the best collection of Ward's recordings as a big band singer yet released.

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Performance Credits

Helen Ward   Primary Artist
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Jimmy Campbell   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Warren Smith   Trombone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
George Van Eps   Guitar
George Siravo   Alto Saxophone
Israel Crosby   Bass
Red Ballard   Trombone
Nick Buono   Trumpet
John DeVoogdt   Violin
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Eddie Gibbs   Guitar
Harry Goodman   Bass
Jack Gootkin   Violin
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Hall   Bass
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Benny Heller   Guitar
George James   Baritone Saxophone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Eddie Miller   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
Danny Polo   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Yank Porter   Drums
Milt Raskin   Piano
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Gil Rodin   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Bruce Squires   Trombone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Bill Stegmeyer   Alto Saxophone
Johnny MacAfee   Alto Saxophone
Claude Lakey   Alto Saxophone
Micky Scrima   Drums
Thurman Teague   Bass
Cuozzo   Trumpet
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
Bill Spear   Violin
Murray Williams   Alto Saxophone
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Billy Taylor   Bass
Joe Kearns   Alto Saxophone
Sam Caplan   Violin
Tom Dicarlo   Trumpet
Sam Sachelle   Baritone Saxophone
Leo Zorn   Violin
Charles McCamish   Trombone
Joe Harris   Trombone
Dave Schultze   Trumpet
Horace Rollins   Bass
Ray Heath   Trombone
Fred Waldron   Flugelhorn
Victor Stern   Viola
King Guion   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Billy Hill   Composer
Teddy Wilson   Contributor
Deane Kincaide   Arranger
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Spud Murphy   Arranger
Ralph Rainger   Composer
David Rose   Arranger
Jack King   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Bob Crosby   Contributor
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Contributor
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra   Contributor
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Vee Lawnhurst   Composer
Harry James & His Musicmakers   Contributor
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Jack Stern   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Joe Sullivan & His Cafe Society Orchestra   Contributor

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