|Helen O'Connell - The Best of Helen O'Connell on Capitol|
|Written by Dave Wright|
In 1939, 19-year old Helen O'Connell's eyes must have been as big as saucers. Standing on the bandstand in front of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, she sang songs that would lead to five number one, million-selling hits.
Fast forward 11 years. O'Connell—now 7 years retired—returns to showbiz with a stint as the Today Show co-host and signs a five year recording deal with Capitol records.
Collector's Choice Music has gathered 24 cuts from that period for this collection, and the results are a bit of a mixed bag. The 3 duets with Gisele Mackenzie are a bit over-the-top, and come off sounding like dated novelty numbers. The highlights are certainly the duets with Dean Martin and Dorsey orchestra alumnus Bob Eberly.
A few of Helen's number one singles are remade ("Green Eyes") as well as some of the top pop hits of the day ("Come What May", "No Other Love"). At a time when music was changing from the big band sound towards pop standards, Helen O'Connell proved herself adept in both styles.