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Kitty Kallen: Little Things Mean A Lot - Her 26 Finest

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January 2016 saw the passing, at the ripe age of 94, of Kitty Kallen (1921-2016), one of the great big-band singers and solo stars of the 50s. Retrospective pays tribute with a satisfying and generous compilation of her very best.

The Philadelphian songstress enjoyed a remarkable quarter-of-a-century-long career during which time she was among the most accomplished of all big-band singers before renewing her vocation with even greater success as a solo artist and becoming one of the big stars of the mid-50s. Little Things Mean A Lot, the title of Retrospective’s summary of Kitty Kallen’s recorded legacy, was the million-selling No.1 of 1954 – the biggest hit of the year – which brought her superstardom. Before that she had turned in fine performances in front of the bands of Jack Teagarden (Love For Sale), Jimmy Dorsey (four huge smashes including the million-selling No.1 Besame Mucho) and, biggest of all, Harry James. 11 tracks featuring the brilliant James trumpet include No.1s I’m Beginning To See The Light and It’s Been A Long, Long Time and other big hits such as I’ll Buy That Dream (No.2).

Kitty also gives a fine rendering of My Heart Belongs To Daddy with the 1946 Artie Shaw Orchestra. Her later hits include another million-seller, In The Chapel In The Moonlight, and a moving interpretation of My Colouring Book, her last Top 20 entry.

Kitty Kallen: Little Things Mean A Lot - Her 26 Finest

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Born in Philadelphia in 1921, popular American singer Kitty Kallen’s career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s, including the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-World War Two pop scene and the early years of rock ‘n roll. She performed with some of the finest big bands of the 1940s, such as those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career. Her best known recording is ‘Little Things Mean a Lot’, a song that stayed at the US number one spot for nine weeks in 1954 and charted there for almost seven months. It was also and number one hit on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. Kitty Kallen continued to record until her retirement in the 1960s and died in January 2016, at the ripe age of 94. Retrospective pays tribute to one of the greatest big-band singers and solo stars of the 50s with this generous compilation of her best work. As well as the timeless title track that brought her superstardom there are wonderful earlier performances with the bands of Jack Teagarden (Love For Sale), Jimmy Dorsey (four huge hits including the million-selling No.1 Besame Mucho) and, biggest of all, Harry James. Eleven of the tracks feature the brilliant James trumpet, including I’m Beginning To See The Light and It’s Been A Long, Long Time. Kitty also gives a fine rendering of My Heart Belongs To Daddy with the 1946 Artie Shaw Orchestra. Her later hits include another million-seller, In The Chapel In The Moonlight, and a moving interpretation of My Colouring Book, her last Top 20 entry. This is a perfect introduction to an impressive and graceful singer who successfully moved from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop. newclassics.co.uk