• Laci Barry Post

I Had the Craziest Dream

Updated: Apr 30


Big band singers of the 1940s had such pure, vibrant voices, and Helen Forrest was one of the best. She was a female lead vocalist for such famous big bands as the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Benny Goodman Orchestra, and the Harry James Orchestra. She and Harry James worked particularly well together, as he often arranged his music around her voice. She recorded many of her most popular songs with him, including “I Had the Craziest Dream.” The song appeared in the 1942 movie Springtime in the Rockies starring Betty Grable. Helen’s powerful performance of the song made it an obvious choice for Songbird. Ava sings it in chapter 19!

Go back in time now with “I Had the Craziest Dream” as performed by Helen Forrest with the Harry James Orchestra.


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