| Helen Ward|
| Jazz, Swing music|
| April 21, 1998, Arlington County, Arlington, Virginia, United States|
Queen of Big Band Swing, Highlights of Helen Ward, Hits
Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Peanuts Hucko
Helen Ward (singer) Wikipedia
Helen Ward (September 19, 1913 – April 21, 1998) was an American jazz singer. She appeared on radio broadcasts with WOR and WNYC. She also worked as a staff musician at WNYC.
Starting in 1934, she sang in Benny Goodman's first band, and became one of the first popular swing "girl singers", as they were then called, and among Goodman's most popular. According to the documentary "Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing" and Ross Firestone's book "Swing Swing Swing: The Life and Times of Benny Goodman," she and Benny had a brief romance and he proposed to her in Los Angeles in the summer of 1936. She accepted, but Goodman backed out a few months later, saying he wasn't ready for marriage and wanted to concentrate on his career. By December 1936, Ward had left the band. She married financier Albert Marx the following year.
In 1938, Marx arranged for Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert to be recorded for her as an anniversary present. That recording was later released as a dual LP set by Columbia Records in 1950.
During the 1940s, Ward worked with the bands of Hal McIntyre and Harry James. She became a radio show producer for WMGM in 1946-1947.
After her marriage to Marx ended, Ward later married the audio engineer William Savory. Savory was part of the team that invented the LP. Ward continued to do sporadic studio work and also worked briefly with Peanuts Hucko. Ward did occasional tours with Goodman in the 1950s, but effectively retired by 1960. She made a brief return in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She returned to singing at New York City clubs in 1979. In 1981, she released her final album, The Helen Ward Song Book Vol. I.Helen Ward (Columbia, 1954)
It's Been So Long (Columbia, 1954)
With a Little Bit of Swing (BMG, 2007)
Helen Ward Songbook, Vol. 1 (Lyricon)
The Queen of Big Band Swing (Living Era, 1998)
The Complete Helen Ward on Columbia (2000)
With Benny Goodman1960 Swing, Swing, Swing
1987 Sing, Sing, Sing (Bluebird)
1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (Bluebird)
1994 Don't Be That Way
1995 Benny Goodman and His Great Vocalists
1997 The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings (RCA Victor, 1935–39)
With Teddy Wilson1994 His Piano and His Orchestra (ASV/Living Era)
With others1990 The Hoagy Carmichael Songbook, Hoagy Carmichael (RCA)
1996 Stardust Melodies, Hoagy Carmichael
1991 Early Hamp (1929–1938), Lionel Hampton
1992 Live from the Blue Gardens, Red Norvo
1994 Bandstand Memories: 1938 to 1948, Harry James
1994 1935–1938, Gene Krupa
1995 1933–1941, Joe Sullivan
1995 Heckler's Hop, Roy Eldridge
1995 Song Is Harold Arlen, Harold Arlen
1996 The Old Music Master, Johnny Mercer