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DiedJanuary 7, 2016, Cuernavaca, Mexico
FactAs a teenager, she earned money doing commercial jingles, and sang on "The Children's Hour," a popular radio program sponsored by the Horn & Hardart cafeteria chain.

Kitty Kallen (born Katherine Kalinsky on May 25, 1922) was an American popular singer of the 1940s and 1950s, known for her big-selling recordings of “Little Things Mean a Lot” and “If I Give My Heart to You”.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kalinsky was the youngest of four children in a Jewish family. Her parents, Max and Ida Kalinsky, were both immigrants from Russia. She began taking piano lessons at the age of seven and also learned to play the violin. She graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1939.

Kalinsky began her singing career with a local band led by Artie Shaw. She later joined Benny Goodman’s band, with whom she recorded her first hit song, “And the Angels Sing”, in 1944. She left Goodman’s band in 1945 to pursue a solo career.

Kallen’s biggest hit came in 1954 with “Little Things Mean a Lot”, which reached number one on the Billboard charts. She continued to have success with such songs as “If I Give My Heart to You” and “Bésame Mucho”. In addition to her solo recordings, she also sang duets with such artists as Frankie Laine and Johnny Mathis.

Kallen retired from singing in 1963 but continued to make occasional public appearances. In later years, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died in 2016 at the age of 93.

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Full NameKitty Kallen
DiedJanuary 7, 2016, Cuernavaca, Mexico


NominationsNME Award for Favourite US Female Singer, My Coloring Book

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1She performed in nightclubs such as the Copacabana in New York, and concert halls including the Palladium in London.
2As a teenager, she earned money doing commercial jingles, and sang on "The Children's Hour," a popular radio program sponsored by the Horn & Hardart cafeteria chain.
3The two major bands that she is most closely associated with are actually those of Harry James (succeeding Helen Forrst) and Jimmy Dorsey (following Helen O'Connell). Her hits with those bands included "It's Been a Long, Long time," "Besame Mucho," "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light.".
4She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5She was one of the top female vocalists during the Big Band era. She appeared with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, among others, and is featured on many of the biggest hits of the era. In addition, during the Fifties she had several solo hits including "My Coloring Book," "In the Chapel in the Moonlight," and the-over-a-million seller (at a time when selling a million records was really an accomplishment) "Little Things Mean a Lot."




Circle of Friends1995performer: "Little Things Mean A Lot"
Remember When...1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Second Greatest Sex1955performer: "HOW LONELY CAN I GET"
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars1955TV Special performer: "Kitty Who"
Audition for August1950Short performer: "Stardust"
Piano Rhythm1949Short performer: "Kiss Me Sweet"


The Second Greatest Sex1955Katy Connors
Sing Me Goodbye1950ShortKitty Kallen - Singer
Audition for August1950ShortKitty Kallen - Singer
Piano Rhythm1949ShortKitty Kallen - Band Singer


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
New American Bandstand 19651957-1959TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Clark Show1959TV SeriesHerself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1950-1955TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars1955TV SpecialHerself - Singer
Max Liebman Presents: Variety1955TV MovieHerself - Guest
The Dinah Shore Show1954TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1949-1954TV SeriesHerself / Herself, Singer
Stage Show1954TV SeriesHerself
Judge for Yourself1954TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Arthur Murray Party1952-1953TV SeriesHerself
Cavalcade of Stars1949-1952TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Vocalist
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter1950-1951TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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