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Kitty Kallen

Kitty Kallen (born Katie Kallen; May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s, to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-World War II pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. Kallen performed with popular big band leaders of the 1940s, including Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before establishing a solo career.

She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot", a song that stayed at the U.S. Billboard number one spot for nine consecutive weeks and took top honor as 1954's #1 song of the year, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit No. 1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the London Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and stopped singing before an audience for four years. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 25, 1921 (Philadelphia), Died January 7, 2016 (Cuernavaca)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 68 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 84907 7/27/1953 Are you looking for a sweetheart Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 84908 7/27/1953 Lonely Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 84909 7/27/1953 Heartless heart Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 84910 7/27/1953 A little lie Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 85625 12/30/1953 Take everything but you Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 85626 12/30/1953 Little things mean a lot Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 85627 12/30/1953 I don't think you love me anymore Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 85628 12/30/1953 In the chapel in the moonlight Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86515 7/2/1954 It's not the whistle (that pulls the train) Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86516 7/2/1954 I'm a little teapot Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86517 7/2/1954 Polly pigtails Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86518 7/2/1954 I'm a lonely little petunia (in an onion patch) Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86617 7/28/1954 (Don't let the) Kitty geddin' Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86618 7/28/1954 I want you all to myself Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86619 7/28/1954 I'd never forgive myself Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86620 7/28/1954 Honestly Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86836 9/23/1954 Baby brother (Santa Claus, dear Santa Claus) Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 86837 9/23/1954 The spirit of Christmas Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 87884 5/4/1955 Just between friends Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 87885 5/4/1955 Let's make the most of tonight Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 87886 5/4/1955 If it's a dream Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 87887 5/4/1955 [Unknown title(s)] Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 87888 5/4/1955 Forgive me Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 88501 8/15/1955 Come Spring Kitty Kallen vocalist  
Decca 88502 8/15/1955 Only forever Kitty Kallen vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 68 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kallen, Kitty," accessed March 4, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324526.

Kallen, Kitty. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 4, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324526.

"Kallen, Kitty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 4 March 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324526

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