Chet Forrest

Real Name:
George Forrest Chichester, Jr.
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(born Brooklyn, New York, July 31, 1915 - died Miami, Florida, 10 October 1999) was a writer of music and lyrics for musical theatre best known for the show Kismet, adapted from the works of Alexander Borodin. Kismet was one of several works Forrest created with composer-lyricist Robert Wright that was commissioned by impresario Edwin Lester for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. Song of Norway, Gypsy Lady, Magdalena, and their adaptation of The Great Waltz were also commissioned by Lester for the LACLO. The LACLO then exported most of these productions to Broadway.

Born George Forrest Chichester, Jr., he was also known professionally at times as Chet Forrest. Throughout his career he worked exclusively with the composer-lyricist Robert Wright. The pair had an affinity for adapting classical music themes and adding lyrics to these themes for Hollywood and the Broadway musical stage. Mr. Wright said that the music was usually a 50-50 "collaboration" between Wright & Forrest and the composer. While both men were credited equally as composer-lyricists, it was Mr. Forrest who compellingly worked with the music.
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Chet Forrest Discography Tracks

Writing & Arrangement

S.156 Red Norvo And His Orchestra Always And Always (as Forrest) Red Norvo And His Orchestra - Always And Always / Please Be Kind(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (3) S.156 UK 1938 Sell This Version
B-7357 Jerry Blaine And His Stream Line Rhythm Always And Always (as Forrest) Jerry Blaine And His Stream Line Rhythm - Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon / Always And Always(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7357 US 1938 Sell This Version
BP-1 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra The Donkey Serenade (as Forrest) Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - Artie Shaw Plays An Album Of Popular Music(5xShellac, 10", Album) Bluebird (3) BP-1 US 1939 Sell This Version
B-10371 Ozzie Nelson And His Orchestra Loveliness (as Forrest) Ozzie Nelson And His Orchestra - Stuttering In The Starlight / Loveliness(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-10371 US 1939 Sell This Version
35219 Orrin Tucker And His Orchestra Loveliness Orrin Tucker And His Orchestra - Each Time You Say Goodbye (I Die A Little) / Loveliness(Shellac, 10") Columbia 35219 US 1939 Sell This Version
2932 Tony Martin (3) It's A Blue World Tony Martin (3) - All The Things You Are / It's A Blue World(Shellac, 10") Decca 2932 US 1940 Sell This Version
26465 Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra It's A Blue World Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - Angel / It's A Blue World(Shellac, 10") Victor 26465 US 1940 Sell This Version
B-10536 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra It's A Blue World Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Faithful To You / It's A Blue World(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-10536 US 1940 Sell This Version
3315 Ceelle Burke Orchestra* And The Rhythmettes South Of Pago Pago Ceelle Burke Orchestra* And The Rhythmettes - A Moment In Sorrento / South Of Pago Pago(Shellac, 10") Decca 3315 US 1940 Sell This Version
26471 Kenny Baker (2) It's A Blue World Kenny Baker (2) - All The Things You Are / It's A Blue World(Shellac, 10") Victor 26471 US 1940 Sell This Version
4294-M Nelson Eddy With Orchestra Conducted By Robert Armbruster Little Work-A-Day World (as Forrest) Nelson Eddy With Orchestra Conducted By Robert Armbruster - I Married An Angel / Little Work-A-Day World(Shellac, 10") Columbia 4294-M US 1942 Sell This Version
Felix Knight And Russ Morgan And His Orchestra The Donkey Serenade (as Forrest) Felix Knight And Russ Morgan And His Orchestra - The Donkey Serenade / Because Decca US 1946 Sell This Version
10102 Hal McIntyre And His Orchestra The Donkey Serenade (as Forrest) Hal McIntyre And His Orchestra - The Donkey Serenade / It Happened In Hawaii(Shellac, 10") MGM Records 10102 US 1947 Sell This Version
DL 8114 Lenny Dee (2) The Donkey Serenade Lenny Dee (2) - DEE-Lightful! Hi-Fi Organ Solos With A Beat (LP, Album) Decca DL 8114 US 1954 Sell This Version
Mel Tormé It's A Blue World Mel Tormé - It's A Blue World (Album) Bethlehem Records UK 1955 Sell This Version
The Four Freshmen It's A Blue World The Four Freshmen - Voices In Modern (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
Borrah Minevitch, Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals Donkey Serenade (as Forrest) Borrah Minevitch, Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals - Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals (Album) Deluxe (2) US 1956 Sell This Version
Morris Stoloff Conducting The Columbia Pictures Orchestra It's A Blue World — Torn Shirt (Part 1) Morris Stoloff Conducting The Columbia Pictures Orchestra - Music From The Sound Track Of The Columbia Picture "Picnic" (Album) Decca US 1956 Sell This Version
DL 8320 George Duning It's A Blue World - Torn Shirt (Parte I) George Duning - Picnic - Selezione Di Motivi Dal Film (Excerpts From The Original Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Fonit DL 8320 Italy 1956 Sell This Version
ERA 1-2090 Mario Lanza The Donkey Serenade (as Forrest) Mario Lanza - Mario Lanza In A Cavalcade Of Show Tunes, Vol. 1(7", EP, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal ERA 1-2090 US 1957 Sell This Version
T-10082 Frank Barber The Donkey Serenade (as Forrest) and 1 more… Frank Barber - Hi-Fi Dinner Music(LP) Capitol Records T-10082 US 1957 Sell This Version
The Four Freshmen It's A Blue World The Four Freshmen - The Four Freshmen In Person (Album) Capitol Records US 1958 Sell This Version
none William Frank Cody The Donkey Serenade William Frank Cody - Bill Cody(Acetate, 12", Comp, Mono, Transcription, Unofficia) A Colbeck-Lewis Recording none UK & Europe 1958 Sell This Version
HL 7116 Dino Martinelli And His Orchestra The Donkey Serenade (as C. Forrest) Dino Martinelli And His Orchestra - A Treasury Of Rudolf Friml In High Fidelity(LP, Album, Mono) Harmony (4) HL 7116 US 1958 Sell This Version
Beverly Kenney It's A Blue World Beverly Kenney - Born To Be Blue (Album) Decca US 1959 Sell This Version