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Helen Humes

Helen Humes (June 23, 1913 – September 9, 1981) was an American jazz and blues singer.

Humes was a teenage blues singer, a vocalist with Count Basie's band, a saucy R&B diva, and a mature interpreter of the classy popular song. Along with other well-known jazz singers of the swing era, Humes helped to shape and define the sound of vocal swing music.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 23, 1913 (Louisville), Died September 9, 1981 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 26-28 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 6590 1/14/1952 All night long Helen Humes vocalist  
Decca L 6591 1/14/1952 I hear a rhapsody Helen Humes vocalist  
Decca L 6592 1/14/1952 You played on my piano Helen Humes vocalist  
(Results 26-28 of 28 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Humes, Helen," accessed June 6, 2023,

Humes, Helen. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 6, 2023, from

"Humes, Helen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 June 2023.

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