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.
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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||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||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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kallen, Kitty," accessed December 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324526.
Kallen, Kitty. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324526.
"Kallen, Kitty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 December 2023.
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