1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Kitty Kallen (born May 25, 1922)
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: Little Things Mean a Lot 1954
Kitty Kallen also had hits with In the Chapel in the Moonlight in 1954, Go On With the Wedding (with Georgie Shaw) in 1956, If I Give My Heart to You in 1959, and My Coloring Book in 1963.
Recording career on the charts: 1949-1962 Record Labels: Mercury, Decca, Columbia
Band singer Kitty Kallen was born in Philadelphia, began her career as a child performer on ‘The Children’s Hour’ radio program, and later roomed with Dinah Shore as they both sought their big break. In 1943, she was the vocalist on Jimmy Dorsey’s recording of They’re Either Too Young or Too Old and in 1945, the vocalist on Harry James’ I’m Beginning to See the Light. Her solo career began in the early fifties at Mercury records where she recorded several hits but she released her biggest hits in the mid fifties with her move to Decca records and new accompaniment by Jack Plies’ Orchestra. Little Things Mean a Lot was one of the biggest hits of the post war era. Her recording sold more than two million copies and Joni James would have another top-40 hit with it in 1959. Four months later Kitty Kallen was on top of the charts again with In the Chapel in the Moonlight. In 1955, she made her film debut in Universal’s ‘The Second Greatest Sex.’ A quarter century of recordings from big band to pop, Kitty Kallen was a continuing fixture in American pop music.