Little Things Mean a Lot

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"Little Things Mean a Lot" is a popular song written by Edith Lindeman (lyrics) and Carl Stutz (music), published in 1953.[1] Lindeman was the leisure editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Stutz, a disc jockey from Richmond, Virginia.[1] Stutz and Lindeman are also known for writing Perry Como's 1959 hit, "I Know" (which reached No.47 on the U.S. Billboard chart and No.13 on the UK Singles Chart).

The best known recording of "Little Things Mean a Lot," by Kitty Kallen (Decca 9-29037), reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard chart in 1954, and also reached No.1 on the Cash Box chart the same year. In addition, the track climbed to the top spot in the UK Singles Chart in September of that same year.[1]

A cover of the song was done by Alma Cogan with orchestra conducted by Geoff Love in London on May 22, 1954. Cogan's recording was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10717 and reached No. 11 in the UK. The flip side was "Canoodlin' Rag."

A Top 40 hit again in the U.S. in 1960 when a recording by Joni James reached No.35, "Little Things Mean a Lot" was a U.S. C&W hit in 1978 for Margo Smith, whose version reached No.3 C&W and also charted at No.42 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In 1985 a remake of the song by Dana reached No.27 in Ireland. "Little Things Mean a Lot" has also been recorded by Cilla Black, Julie London, Susan Maughan, Cliff Richard, Patty Duke, Bettye Swann and Little Shoes Big Voice.

Otto Leisner wrote lyrics for a Danish rendering entitled "Småting kan sige alt" recorded by Raquel Rastenni, acc. Harry Felbert's sextet, Cond.: Harry Felbert, recorded in Copenhagen in 1954. The song was released on His Master's Voice X 8211. It was arranged by Børge Nordlund.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 14. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
Preceded by
"Wanted"
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

June 5, 1954 – June 19, 1954
Succeeded by
"Three Coins in the Fountain"
Preceded by
"Three Coins in the Fountain"
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

July 3, 1954 – July 10, 1954
Succeeded by
"Three Coins in the Fountain"
Preceded by
"Three Coins in the Fountain"
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

July 24, 1954 – July 31, 1954
Succeeded by
Sh-Boom
Preceded by
"Cara Mia" by David Whitfield
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Kitty Kallen

10 September 1954 for 1 week
Succeeded by
"Three Coins in the Fountain" by Frank Sinatra