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Kitty Kallen

Kitty Kallen was a band singer, and later a soloist, who lit up bandstands with a handful of top leaders during the '40s. She's remembered for three reasons: big-band fans know that she was the one who replaced Helen O'Connell in the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1943, also that she sang the vocal chorus on a pair of Harry James hits, "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time," and virtually everyone with a radio in 1954 knew that she recorded the year's most popular song, "Little Things Mean a Lot." Her career lasted more than 20 years, but it was sporadic at best, with the major successes listed above virtually the only popularity she achieved.

Born in Philadelphia in 1922, she was a gifted mimic who won talent shows and also appeared on children's radio shows by the mid-'30s. Kallen was still a teenager when she began singing with bands (including Jan Savitt and Artie Shaw), and she earned her first full-time role in 1940 with Jack Teagarden's Orchestra. Two years later, she joined Tommy Dorsey, and appeared on several hits, including "Besame Mucho" and "Star Eyes" (plus a 1943 film, I Dood It). One year later, she had jumped ship again, this time to the Harry James band, where she struck gold again with a pair of dreamy Hit Parade toppers, "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time." Two additional hits followed -- "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" and "I'll Buy That Dream" -- both of which were in the same mold as her previous features.

After the end of World War II, during the late '40s, Kallen sang on several radio programs, appeared as a solo act in clubs nationwide, and recorded for labels including Musicraft and Signature. Nothing clicked in a big way until 1953, when a contract with Decca paid dividends with a pair of million-sellers, "Little Things Mean a Lot" (her signature song) and "In the Chapel in the Moonlight." Kallen proved popular on television, although by the mid-'50s, she began to be swept aside by rock-oriented pop music. She made brief comebacks in 1959 with Columbia and 1962 with RCA, but 1963 was the last year for her on the pop charts, with "My Coloring Book." ~ John Bush
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Track List: Little Things Mean A Lot

1. Little Things Mean A Lot

2. Love For Sale

3. You, You Darlin'

4. The Moon And The Willow Tree

5. Besame Mucho

6. Star Eyes

7. They're Either Too Young Or Too Old

8. When They Ask About You

9. I'm Beginning To See The Light

10. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry

11. I Don't Care Who Knows It

12. 11.60 P.M.

14. I'll Buy That Dream

15. It's Been A Long, Long Time

16. The Wonder Of You

17. Waitin' For The Train To Come In

18. Should I Tell You I Love You

19. My Heart Belongs To Daddy

20. Juke Box Annie

21. To Be Loved By You

22. When I Dream I Always Dream Of You

23. Heartless Heart

24. In The Chapel In The Moonlight

25. I Want You All To Myself

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Track List: If I Give My Heart To You / Honky Tonk Angel

5. Because You're Mine

7. If I Give My Heart To You

9. That Old Feeling

13. I'll Never Stand In Your Way

14. Your Cheatin' Heart

15. Be My Life's Companion

16. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

17. Raining In My Heart

18. A Poor Man's Roses

19. You Are My Sunshine

21. I Love You Because

22. Someday

23. I Walked Alone Last Night

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Track List: The Kitty Kallen Story

Disc 1

2. Star Eyes

3. It's Been A Long, Long Time

4. Little Things Mean A Lot

5. It Could Happen To You

6. I'm Beginning To See The Light

9. When They Ask About You

12. I'm Old Fashioned

Disc 2

1. I'll Walk Alone

4. My Coloring Book

5. They're Either Too Young Or Too Old

6. I'll Buy That Dream

10. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?

11. Because You're Mine

12. If I Give My Heart To You

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You are full of b. s........... . . t h i s is a singer of fantastic joy
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I think that was Kitty Carlyle...
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I think I remember her from TV shows like What's my line or one of those other early game shows.
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The best of the best. There is no equal...
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Her voice is so pure...I'm loving this song!
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WOW. Don't make them like that anymore...
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thank you for playing kitty kallen it means a lot to me!
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Sings like an angel...
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Nice
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wist2
A wonderful singer but under appreciated.
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norman_myr32
ALL TIME GREAT , SMOOTH MUSIC THAT KEEPS GOING THRU THE AGES . THANKS KITTY FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
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Pretty...
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one of the all time greats along with the greatest music ever. joe gegory
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My grandfather, my father, and my uncle sponsored a radio program in Chicago in the mid-40s, and Kitty was the featured singer. She was a sweet woman, very nice to a little kid!
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rroyoxcart6
The most heartfelt songs Ihave ever heard, Iloveher
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Kitty Kallen was my mother's favorite singer...we used to listen to a lot of music together...h e r absolute favorite was "little things mean a lot"...Skip
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Boy does this bring back memories!
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The Biography notes here are from All Music Guide, not Pandora. You can let them know about any error--I've done that before. :-)
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steve34660
Just a note from the past. I thought that 1954's most popular song was "Sandman." But, I love the work you folks are doing. Steve
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A voice like no other. Beautiful in the extreme.

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