Happy Birthday to Helen Ward!

September 19th is vocalist Helen Ward’s birthday. Ward was an early big band singers, working most notably with Benny Goodman in his first band starting in 1934. Other leaders she worked with include Harry James, Gene Krupa and Hal McIntyre.

To celebrate what would have been Ward’s 100th birthday, here’s a clip from a 1963 Canadian broadcast featuring Ward, as well as Eddie Condon, Wild Bill Davison, Pee Wee Russell, Willie “The Lion” Smith and Maury Feld.