Sunday, April 14, 2019

HELEN FORREST: TOMBSTONE FUND

Many people have asked me how we can go about getting a cemetery marker for big band singer Helen Forrest. There is now a go fund me page for getting that stone for legendary singer Helen Forrest. The link is here...

Helen Forrest was one of the most popular female singers in the United States in the 1940's. She was known as "the voice of the name bands" and was the girl singer for the bands of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James. She is regarded by some as the best female vocalist of the swing era.

July 11, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. She is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, in Los Angeles. Her only surviving son, Michael, passed away on May 1, 2014. At her plot right now is this pitiful twenty-year-old temporary marker.

This needs to change this year.

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I have consulted the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery and am working to get Ms. Forrest the marker she deserves. I could use the support of her fans to solidify her memory in a granite stone. I was quoted at approximately $1,500.00 for the cost of the stone with her name, years of life, and perhaps a tasteful epitaph. Please feel free to share a potential inscription and consider making a monetary donation in honor of her memory! I hope to have this project completed by July 11, 2019.

About Me: My name is Donald Romano. I am host of the radio program Don's American Songbook, where I feature, among other singers of the 1940's, Helen Forrest's music. My mission is to keep this music and these legacies alive...

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