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KALLEN, Kitty

(b 25 May '22, Philadelphia PA) Singer. Began on local children's radio show; sang on radio with Jan Savitt at 14; with Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, others '39--45; on radio with Danny Kaye, David Rose, etc. Sang duet with Bob Eberly on no. 1 Dorsey hit 'Besame Mucho' ('Kiss Me') '41; top ten hits with James band: '45: 'I'm Beginning To See The Light', '11:60 P.M.', 'I'll Buy That Dream', 'It's Been A Long, Long Time' (no. 1), 'Waitin' For The Train To Come In'. Recorded with Artie Shaw on Musicraft ('My Heart Belongs To Daddy'); along with many other band singers she carried on as a single when the Swing Era was over, on Musicraft, Signature, Mercury, then Decca. She had three hits in '54 and 'Little Things Mean A Lot' was one of the biggest of the year: the lovely song suited her perfectly, written by Carlton Franklin Stutz (b 19 Dec. '15, Richmond VA; was accountant, teacher, then disc jockey as well as songwriter) and Edith Lindeman Calisch (b 21 March 1898, Pittsburgh; wrote children's books, worked on Richmond Times Dispatch '33--64). This revived her career; 'In The Chapel In The Moonlight' was top five, 'I Want You All To Myself' top 30. She retired '57 but came back '59 and had top 40 hits 'If I Give My Heart To You' '59 on Columbia, 'My Coloring Book' '62 on RCA. Albums incl. a 10]im[ Mercury LP, It's A Lonesome Old Town on Decca, If I Give My Heart To You on Columbia, My Coloring Book on RCA, Delightfully on Movietone. Two-CD set The Kitty Kallen Story on Sony Special Music Products compiles Swing Era tracks.