Kitty Kallen

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Kitty Kallen
Promotional Photo Of Kitty Kallen Circa 1956.jpg
Kitty Kallen 1956
Background information
Birth name Katherine Kalinsky
Born (1922-05-25) May 25, 1922 (age 91)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres jazz, swing, pop
Years active 1939-1965
Labels Columbia (1939-1948,1956-1959)Decca (1940,1953-1955) Mercury (1949-1951) RCA Victor (1963) 20th Century Fox (1964)

Kitty Kallen (born May 25, 1922[1]) is an American popular singer who performed with a number of big bands in the 1940s, and scored her biggest success. a number #1 hit in 1954 with the song "Little Things Mean a Lot". She married Clint Garvin in 1939 and the marriage was annulled in 1940. Soon thereafter, she married Bernard "Budd" Granoff in 1941 this marriage lasted until Granoff's death in 1996.


Born in Philadelphia[1][2] to a Jewish family, she won an amateur contest as a child doing imitations of popular singers of the day. While still a child, she sang on The Children's Hour, a radio program sponsored by Horn & Hardart, an automat chain. As a pre-teen, she had her own radio program on Philadelphia's WCAU, and sang with the big bands of Jan Savitt[2] in 1936, Artie Shaw in 1938,[3] and Jack Teagarden in 1940. While with the Teagarden band, she married Clint Garvin, who played clarinet in Teagarden's band. When Teagarden fired Garvin, Kallen left as well. The marriage was annulled.

While still in her teens, she joined the Jimmy Dorsey band, replacing Helen O'Connell. In every theatre of World War II, a favorite of American servicemen, "They're Either Too Young or Too Old." In 1944, she performed the vocals for Dorsey's number-one hit "Besame Mucho". Most of her singing assignments were in duets with Bob Eberly, and when Eberly left to go into the service toward the end of 1943, she joined Harry James' band. Between January and November of 1945, Kitty Kallen had two songs recorded with the Harry James Orchestra in the top twenty, six in Top Ten, and two at the #1 spot -- "I'm Beginning To See the Light" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time" which remains deeply associated with the end of World War II and the returning troops.

With the 1954 hit "Little Things Mean a Lot", Kallen was voted most popular female singer in Billboard and Variety polls. She followed up this song with "Chapel in the Moonlight" and a version of "True Love" for Decca. In 1959, she recorded "If I Give My Heart to You" for Columbia Records, and in 1963, she recorded a top-selling version of "My Coloring Book" for RCA. Her final album was Quiet Nights, a bossa nova-flavored release for 20th Century Fox Records. Following these successes, she was forced to retire permanently due to a lung ailment.

A compilation of her hits on various labels is available on the Sony CD set The Kitty Kallen Story.

Kallen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kallen was married to Budd Granoff, a publicist, agent, and television producer, for over forty-five years, until his death in 1996. They have a son, Jonathan Granoff, who is President of the Global Security Institute and an Adjunct Professor of International Law at Widener University School of Law.

Hit recordings[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
U.S. U.S.
1943 "They're Either Too Young or Too Old"(with Jimmy Dorsey) 2
"Star Eyes"(with Jimmy Dorsey & Bob Eberly) 3
1944 "Besame Mucho"(with Jimmy Dorsey & Bob Eberly) 1
"When They Ask About You"(with Jimmy Dorsey) 4 10
1945 "I'm Beginning To See the Light"(with Harry James) 1
"I Don't Care Who Knows It"(with Harry James) 8
"Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry"(with Harry James) 16
"Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta"(with Harry James) 11
"11:60 PM"(with Harry James) 8
"I'll Buy That Dream"(with Harry James) 2
"It's Been a Long, Long Time"(with Harry James) 1
"Waitin' For the Train To Come In"(with Harry James) 6
1946 "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"(with Artie Shaw) 22
1949 "Kiss Me Sweet" 30
1950 "Juke Box Annie" 17
"Our Lady of Fatima"(with Richard Hayes) 10
1951 "The Aba Daba Honeymoon"(with Richard Hayes) 9
1953 "Are You Looking For a Sweetheart?" 27
1954 "Little Things Mean a Lot" 1 1
"In the Chapel In the Moonlight" 4
"I Want You All To Myself (Just You)" 23
1955 "Sweet Kentucky Rose" 76
1956 "Go On With the Wedding"(with Georgie Shaw) 39
"Autumn Leaves" 31
"The Lonely One" 24
"Just Between Friends" 19
1957 "Long And Lonely Nights" 42
"Lasting Love" 44
1958 "Misty" 52 51 32
1959 "If I Give My Heart To You" 34
1960 "That Old Feeling" 55
1961 "Raining In My Heart" 31 32 22 15
"I Know That Someday You'll Want Me To Want You" 21 20 13 16
1962 "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" 101
"My Coloring Book" 18 7
1963 "Please Don't" 121
1964 "Quiet Nights,Quiet Stars" 19
1966 "Oba-Oba" 100
1967 "One Grain Of Sand" (Final Recording) 101



  1. ^ a b "Kitty Kallen". AllMusic. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Kallen page on The Interlude Era site
  3. ^ Kallen page on the Solid! site
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 296. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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