Helen O’Connell (May 23, 1920 – September 9, 1993) was an American singer, actress, and hostess, described as “the quintessential big band singer of the 1940s”.
Born in Lima, Ohio, O’Connell grew up in Toledo, Ohio. By the time she was 15, she and her older sister, Alice, were singing duets in clubs and hotels and on radio stations in Toledo.
O’Connell joined the Dorsey band in 1939 and achieved her best selling records in the early 1940s with “Green Eyes“, “Amapola,” “Tangerine” and “Yours“. In each of these Latin-influenced numbers, Bob Eberlycrooned the song which Helen then reprised in an up-tempo arrangement. O’Connell was selected by Down Beat readers as best female singer in 1940 and 1941 and won the 1940 Metronome magazine poll for best female vocalist. In a 1993 obituary article, the Associated Press described O’Connell as “the darling of GIs during World War II”.
Video: Helen O’Connell – Green Eyes 1958
|A2||I’ve Got A Feelin’ You’re Foolin’||1:43|
|A4||All Of Me||2:46|
|B1||Just You, Just Me||1:41|
|B5||When The Sun Comes Out||4:32|
|C1||Bye Bye Blues||2:18|
|C5||Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone||2:21|
|D2||You Took Advantage Of Me||2:20|
|D3||I Cried For You||3:17|
|D5||Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)||2:17|