For Sale: A 12-inch Acetate record (steel backing) in VG+
condition of Jazz singing by Helen Ward, with guitar accompaniment by Allen Hanlon and Zeb Julian!
Side One: Allen Hanlon (guitar) and Helen Ward (singing) performing “My
Ideal” and “Change My Plans”, October 18, 1943. Label states that Zeb Julian
performs on the same date (cut 3?).
Side Two reads: “Lady Be Good, Helen Ward and Allen,
10/18/43, Quarterback Sneak 2nd Half Zeb Julian 10/18/43."
Hear A Sample: http://www.midnightseaenterprises.com/Audio/WARD2SAMPLE.mp3
ABOUT HELEN WARD
From Wikipedia: Helen Ward (born September 19, 1913, New York City – died
April 21, 1998, Arlington,
Virginia) was an American singer. Her father had taught her piano,
and 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. She and Benny had a
brief romance and he came very close to proposing marriage to her in either
1935 or 1936. However, according to Ward in the documentary, Adventures in
the Kingdom of Swing, he called it off at the last minute, citing his career.
She married financier Albert Marx the
following year and left the band. 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 andHarry 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 33? rpm long-playing record.
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. She died April 21, 1998, in Arlington, Virginia, at
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