Kitty White

Kitty Jean Bilbrew (July 7, 1923 – August 11, 2009), better known as Kitty White, was an American jazz singer who was popular in Los Angeles nightclubs.


She recorded mostly on the West Coast with Buddy Collette, Gerald Wiggins, Chico Hamilton, Bud Shank and Red Callender. She sang many demo recordings for her friend, Los Angeles blues composer Jessie Mae Robinson, including "I Went to Your Wedding", a No. 1 hit for Patti Page in 1953. She was also the sole female voice on Elvis Presley's "Crawfish" from the "King Creole" film soundtrack.

She sang the title song, "Riders to the Stars", for the 1954 sci-fi film of the same name.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 7, 1923 (Los Angeles), Died August 11, 2009 (Palm Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 6037 2/2/1951 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Jerry Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 6088 2/16/1951 I apologize Kitty White vocalist  
Decca L 6089 2/16/1951 Paradise Kitty White vocalist  
Decca L 6090 2/16/1951 You're tired of me Kitty White vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "White, Kitty," accessed February 29, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/350698.

White, Kitty. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/350698.

"White, Kitty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 29 February 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/350698

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