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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Vocals, World

Helen O'Connell (May 23, 1920 - September 9, 1993) was an American singer, actress, and dancer. Born in Lima, Ohio, O'Connell joined the Jimmy 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 Eberly crooned 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. O'Connell retired from show business upon her first marriage in 1943. When her marriage ended in 1951, she resumed her career, achieving some ch... Continue Bio >>


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