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Kitty Kallen

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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.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Kitty Kallen
Died January 7, 2016, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Music Songs It's Been A Long Long Time, My Coloring Book, Little Things Mean a Lot, I'm Beginning to See the Light, The Wonder of You, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Are You Looking for a Sweetheart, If I Give My Heart to You, Kiss Me Sweet, Juke Box Annie, Take Everything but You, You Missed The Boat, Teen-Age Heart, Willya Won'tcha, If You Smile At The Sun, Will I Always Be Your Sweetheart?, I Never Was The One, Quiet Nights, If You Want Some Lovin', Sweet Kentucky Rose, Should I Tell You I Love You, How Lonely Can I Get?, I Don't Think You Love Me Anymore, Love Is a Sacred Thing, Let's Make The Most Of Tonight, Another Human Being Of The Opposite Sex, They're Either Too Young or Too Old, Summertime Lies, Just Between Friends, Mother, Mother, Mother, Pin A Rose On Me, There's Nothing The Matter With Me, How About Me?
Albums Warm and Sincere, Band Singer, Autumn Leaves, The Kitty Kallen Collection 1939-62, Honky Tonk Angel, Little Things Mean A Lot, It's a Lonesome Old Town, If I Give My Heart To You (Original Album plus Bonus Tracks 1960), Quiet Nights, Delightfully, Best Hits Collection of Kitty Kallen, Little Things, How Lonely Can I Get? (Original Recordings 1955 - 1956), Here Kitty, Vol. 3, That Old Feeling, Star Eyes, Kitty Kallen – the Unforgettable, I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Our Lady... Kitty Kallen, The Greatest Hits Collection, My Coloring Book and Her Other Great Hits, The Kitty Kallen Story, If I Give My Heart to You / Honky Tonk Angel, Hits, 1130 PM, Here Kitty, Vol. 4, A Summer Sky Shines, Kitty Kallen Sings, Essential Hits, Sings, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday I Love You - The Best of Kitty Kallen, Nostalgic Memories-The Very Best Of Kitty Kallen-Vol. 144, How About Me, The Very Best Of, Your Music Around Me, Jazz Elite: Best Of Kitty Kallen, Here Kitty, Vol. 2, Kitty Kallen "Little Things Mean a Lot", The Jazz Movement, To Be Loved, I'll Walk Alone (Original Recordings 1957 - 1960), That's What I Need, Our Lady of Fatima, But Beautiful, Tonight in Time, Are You Looking for a Sweetheart?, Golden Greats, Heartless Heart, Golden Hits, Ladies in Jazz - Kitty Kallen, Kitty Kallen and Friends
Nominations NME Award for Favourite US Female Singer
Movies The Second Greatest Sex


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#Fact
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."


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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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