Kitty Kallen was a band singer, and later on a soloist, who lit up bandstands with a small number of top leaders through the ’40s. She’s kept in mind for three factors: big-band enthusiasts understand that she was the main one who changed Helen O’Connell within the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1943, also that she sang the vocal chorus on a set of Harry Wayne hits, “I’m Realizing the Light” and “IT HAS BEEN a Long, VERY LONG TIME,” and practically everyone having a radio in 1954 understood that she documented the year’s most widely used song, “Small Things Mean a whole lot.” Her profession lasted a lot more than 20 years, nonetheless it was sporadic at greatest, with the main successes in the above list virtually the only real popularity she accomplished. Created in Philadelphia in 1922, she was a gifted imitate who won skill shows and in addition made an appearance on children’s radio displays by the middle-’30s. Kallen was still an adolescent when she started singing with rings (including Jan Savitt and Artie Shaw), and she gained her 1st full-time part in 1940 with Jack port Teagarden’s Orchestra. 2 yrs later, she became a member of Tommy Dorsey, and made an appearance on several strikes, including “Besame Mucho” and “Celebrity Eye” (and also a 1943 film, I Dood It). Twelve months later, she got jumped ship once again, this time towards the Harry Wayne music group, where she struck yellow metal again with a set of dreamy Strike Parade toppers, “I’m Realizing the Light” and “IT HAS BEEN a Long, VERY LONG TIME.” Two extra hits adopted — “I ASSUME I’ll Suspend My Tears Out to Dry out” and “I’ll Purchase That Desire” — both which were within the same mildew as her earlier features. Following the end of Globe War II, through the past due ’40s, Kallen sang on many radio programs, made an appearance like a single act in night clubs nationwide, and documented for brands including Musicraft and Personal. Nothing clicked inside a big method until 1953, whenever a agreement with Decca paid dividends with a set of million-sellers, “Small Things Mean a whole lot” (her personal track) and “Within the Chapel within the Moonlight.” Kallen demonstrated popular on tv, although from the middle-’50s, she started to become swept apart by rock-oriented pop music. She produced short comebacks in 1959 with Columbia and 1962 with RCA, but 1963 was the this past year for her around the pop graphs, with “My Color Book.”
|1||The two major bands that she is most closely associated with are actually those of Harry James (succeeding Helen Forrst) and Jimmy Dorsey (following Helen O'Connell). Her hits with those bands included "It's Been a Long, Long time," "Besame Mucho," "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light.".|
|2||She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.|
|3||She was one of the top female vocalists during the Big Band era. She appeared with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, among others, and is featured on many of the biggest hits of the era. In addition, during the Fifties she had several solo hits including "My Coloring Book," "In the Chapel in the Moonlight," and the-over-a-million seller (at a time when selling a million records was really an accomplishment) "Little Things Mean a Lot."|
|Circle of Friends||1995||performer: "Little Things Mean A Lot"|
|Remember When...||1981||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|The Second Greatest Sex||1955||performer: "HOW LONELY CAN I GET"|
|The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars||1955||TV Special performer: "Kitty Who"|
|Audition for August||1950||Short performer: "Stardust"|
|Piano Rhythm||1949||Short performer: "Kiss Me Sweet"|
|The Second Greatest Sex||1955||Katy Connors|
|Sing Me Goodbye||1950||Short||Kitty Kallen - Singer|
|Audition for August||1950||Short||Kitty Kallen - Singer|
|Piano Rhythm||1949||Short||Kitty Kallen - Band Singer|
|The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||1963||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|New American Bandstand 1965||1957-1959||TV Series||Herself|
|The Dick Clark Show||1959||TV Series||Herself|
|The Colgate Comedy Hour||1950-1955||TV Series||Herself - Singer / Herself|
|The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars||1955||TV Special||Herself - Singer|
|Max Liebman Presents: Variety||1955||TV Movie||Herself - Guest|
|The Dinah Shore Show||1954||TV Series||Herself|
|The Ed Sullivan Show||1949-1954||TV Series||Herself / Herself, Singer|
|Stage Show||1954||TV Series||Herself|
|Judge for Yourself||1954||TV Series||Herself - Singer|
|The Arthur Murray Party||1952-1953||TV Series||Herself|
|Cavalcade of Stars||1949-1952||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Guest Vocalist|
|The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter||1950-1951||TV Series||Herself|
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