Kitty Kallen ( born May 25, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former American pop singer who had success, especially in the 1940s and 1950s. Her biggest hit, " Little Things Mean a Lot ", captured in 1954 in both the U.S. and UK number one in the charts and in 1954 the best-selling single in the United States.
Life and career
After Kitty Kallen had won a talent competition as a child, she was hired as a singer for the children's radio to a radio station in Philadelphia and discovered there. While still a teenager, she sang in the big bands of Jan Savitt (1936 ), Artie Shaw ( 1938) and Jack Teagarden ( 1940). She married Clint Garvin Teagarden clarinetist; as had to leave the band, even Kitty went ( the marriage was later annulled ). After a short time with Bobby Sherwood, she sang in the band of Jimmy Dorsey, among other things, on its number -one hit " Bésame mucho ". Mostly they sang duets with Bob Eberly; than was convened in late 1943 to join the army, Kitty Kallen joined the big band of Harry James. She became a popular radio, film and club singer, but at the height of her career, she got vocal problems and had to pause.
Her comeback she was crowned in 1954 with their biggest hit; " Little Things Mean a Lot " was chosen by the readers of Billboard as the most popular song of the year, Kitty ( in Billboard and Variety) the most popular singer. " Little Things Mean A Lot " reached # 1 on the U.S. charts and was quoted 26 weeks in the Top 30, also her next single "In The Chapel In The Moonlight " reached a top ten listing in 5th place.
Kitty Kallen was married in second marriage with publicist, agents and TV producers Budd Granoff. For her contribution to the recording industry, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.