Benny Goodman And His Orchestra: "Goody-Goody" on Victor 25245 with Helen Ward. Recorded on January 24, 1936.
So you met someone who set you back on your heels. Goody goody! So you met someone, and now you know how it feels. Goody goody! So you gave her your heart too--just as I gave mine to you, and she broke it in little pieces. Now how do you do?
So you lie awake a'singin' the blues all night? Goody goody! So you think that love's a barrel of dynamite? Hooray and hallelujah! You had it coming to you. Goody goody for her. Goody goody for me, and I hope you're satisfied, you rascal you.
Helen Ward was among the best vocalists hired by Benny Goodman for his orchestra. She was the first and possibly the best.
Her easygoing sense of swing and appealing stage presence helped Goodman new band go from obscurity to a huge success. She toured and recorded with the band from 1934 to 1936, reuniting occasionally with Goodman after World War II.
Ward was born in 1916 in New York City. After finishing high school, she sang in bands led by Nye Mayhew, Eddie Duchin, Dave Rubinoff, Nat Brandwynne and Will Osborne. She was a fine piano player, too.
She was singing with Enrique Madriguera's Latin Band in 1934 when the Goodman band held auditions for an engagement at the Billy Rose Music Hall. She sang at the band's second audition and was hired although she did not join the Goodman band until a few months later.
She sang with the Goodman band on the radio program ''Let's Dance'' from December 1934 to May 1935.
The recordings she made with Benny Goodman are among the best made during the Big Band Era, and she was influential since her voice on top-selling discs made at the very start of the new swing movement.
Helen Ward died at age 82 on April 21, 1998, at the Vencor Hospital in Arlington, Virginia. She lived in Falls Church, Virginia.