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Encyclopedia > Kitty Kallen

Kitty Kallen (born on May 25, 1922) was an American popular singer, who sang with a number of big bands in the 1940s, coming back in the 1950s to score her biggest hit, 1954's "Little Things Mean A Lot". May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice as an instrument to produce music. ... A big band is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music. ...


Born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family, she won an amateur contest as a child doing imitations of some singers of the day. When she brought her prize (a camera) home, her father refused to believe her and thought she had stolen the camera, so he punished her severely. Later, when neighborhood people came to congratulate her father, he realized that her story was true. Subsequently she sang (while still a child) on The Children's Hour, a radio program sponsored by Horn & Hardart, a firm which had a chain of cafeterias in New York and Philadelphia. As a pre-teen she had her own program on Philadelphia's WCAU, and soon she sang as a vocalist with the big bands of Jan Savitt in 1936, Artie Shaw in 1938, and Jack Teagarden in 1940. (While with the Savitt band, she briefly was a roommate of Dinah Shore.) She married Clint Garvin, who played clarinet in Teagarden's band, and when Teagarden fired Garvin, she left as well. The marriage was annulled. Kitty later married Budd Granoff, famous publicist, agent, and TV producer. They were married over forty-five years, until Budd's death. After a short stay with Bobby Sherwood, she joined the Jimmy Dorsey band, replacing Helen O'Connell. Though only a teen-ager at the time, she was the vocalist for one of Dorsey's big hits, "Besame Mucho." Most of her singing assignments were in duets with Bob Eberly, and when Eberly left to go into the service toward the end of 1943, she joined Harry James' band. Independence Hall, as it appears today. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... Horn & Hardart is a company that came to prominence as the proprietors of the first automat in New York City. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Artie Shaw Arthur Jacob Arshawsky (May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004), better known as Artie Shaw, was an accomplished jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and writer. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Weldon Leo Jack Teagarden Trombonist (1905-1964) Weldon Leo Jack Teagarden (August 20, 1905 in Vernon, Texas - January 15, 1964) was an influential jazz trombonist. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore, February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress and talk show host. ... A bass clarinet, which sounds an octave lower than the more common Bb soprano clarinet. ... James Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 - June 12, 1957) was a prominent jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and big band leader. ... Helen OConnell (May 23, 1920 – September 9, 1993) was a singer, actress, and dancer. ... B same Mucho, which translates to Kiss Me a Lot in English, is a Spanish song written in 1940 by Consuelo Velazquez before her sixteenth birthday. ... Bob Eberly (1916 - 1981) was a big band vocalist. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... ...


She became a popular artist on radio, film, and night clubs, but lost her voice at the height of her career. She eventually made a comeback, with the 1954 hit "Little Things Mean a Lot" (voted the most popular record) and Kitty was voted most popular female singer in Billboard and Variety polls. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

 During Kitty's height of popularity, there were three imposters who billed themselves as Kitty Kallen. When one of them [Genevieve Angostinello] died,it was reported that Kitty Kallen had died. That is where the mis-information about Kitty's birth name was born. As of 2005 Kitty kallen is still alive, and still "Pretty Kitty Kallen. 

Hit recordings

  • "The Aba Daba Honeymoon" (1951) (with Richard Hayes) (better known version done by Debbie Reynolds)
  • "Are You Looking For A Sweetheart?" (1953)
  • "Besame Mucho" (1944) (with Bob Eberly and the Jimmy Dorsey band)
  • "Go On With The Wedding" (1955) (with Georgie Shaw) (better known version done by Patti Page)
  • "If I Give My Heart To You" (1959) (better known versions done in 1954 by Denise Lor and Doris Day)
  • "I'm Beginning To See The Light" (1945) (with the Harry James band)
  • "In The Chapel In The Moonlight" (1954)
  • "It's Been A Long Long Time" (1945) (with the Harry James band)
  • "I Want You All To Myself" (1954)
  • "Juke Box Annie" (1950) (with Harry Geller's orchestra)
  • "Kiss Me Sweet" (1949) (with Mitch Miller)
  • "Little Things Mean A Lot" (1954) (her biggest hit)
  • "My Coloring Book" (1963) (her last hit)
  • "Our Lady Of Fatima" (1950) (with Richard Hayes and Jimmy Carroll's orchestra)
  • "They're Either Too Young Or Too Old" (1944) (with the Jimmy Dorsey band)

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External links

  • Kitty Kallen page on the MusicWeb site
  • Kitty Kallen page on the Philadelphia Music Alliance site
  • Remember Kitty Kallen?
  • Kitty Kallen page on the SOLID! site
  • Kitty Kallen page on The Interlude Era site

  Results from FactBites:
 
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In the spring of 1949, Kitty Kallen had her first chart hit under her own name with "Kiss Me Sweet" with Mitch Miller on Mercury #5265 which made it to the top 30.
The record was a monster hit, one of the biggest of the post war era that stayed at the number one spot for nine consecutive weeks and remained on the charts for close to seven months.
Kitty Kallen was a recurring symbol of American pop music for the ages.
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