The Kitty Kallen Collection 1939-62
Styles: Easy Listening, Jazz, Pop
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3146
American songstress KittyKallen had a remarkable career, starting in the swing era of the late ‘30s and extending beyond the rock ‘n’ roll explosion of the ‘50s into the early ‘60s, racking up a lengthy run of hits spanning two decades. She began her career as a singer with some of the most popular orchestras of the swing and big band years – Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James and briefly with Artie Shaw – and with the Dorsey and James outfits enjoyed a dozen hits during the early ‘40s, including three No. 1s. As a solo artist she readily found a niche in the mainstream pop world of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, scoring many more hits, with the career highlight being a No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic with “Little Things mean A Lot” in 1954. She was able to maintain her popularity and profile on radio and TV through the ‘50s despite the rapid changes in popular taste, updating her style to ensure she had hits into the 1960s. This great-value 51-track collection covers the breadth of her career from her recording debut with Jack Teagarden in 1939, through to her last Top 20 hit in 1962, naturally including all her 31 Billboard and Cashbox chart entries, and provides an admirable showcase for her distinctive talent.