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Helen O'Connell


(1920 - 1993)

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Helen O’Connell was born in Lima, Ohio, and is best remembered for her role as female vocalist in the Jimmy Dorsey band (1939-1943). It was there that she and Bob Eberly gained fame with a number of Dorsey, tempo-switching, hit records including “Amapola,” “Green Eyes,” “Yours,” and “Tangerine.” In 1943, playing themselves, they introduced the jazz standard “Star Eyes” in the film I Dood It.

Despite her limited range, she was very popular, winning the 1940 Metronome magazine poll for best female vocalist. In 1943 she retired from show business to start a family which resulted in four daughters. When her marriage ended in 1951 O’Connell began a solo career which included a number of successful recordings on the Victor label and even her own television show.

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Sweetest Sounds

Helen O'Connell

Gisele and Helen, Helen and Gisele

Gisele MacKenzie & Helen O'Connell

Especially for You

Helen O'Connell

The Best of Helen O'Connell on Capitol

Helen O'Connell

Here's Helen/Green Eyes

Helen O'Connell
Reading and Viewing

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Sara Allgood, William Bakewell, Janet Blair, Ann Carter, Edward Clark

The Fabulous Dorseys

Genius Entertainment

DVD - Plays herself (Dorsey Band vocalist)

Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Helen O'Connell

I Dood It

MGM (Video & DVD)


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