Kitty Kallen, Pop Singer Who Topped Charts in 1950s

“Kiss Me Sweet,” 1949

Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921-January 7, 2016) was an American pop singer who began her career with swing and big bands, performing with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey among others.

On Colgate Comedy Hour (Begins at 9:24)

She made the transition to Post-War Pop, appearing on many early TV shows, including The Tonight Show, Colgate Comedy Hour, Perry Como and Fred Allen’s Judge for Yourself.

“Little Things Mean A Lot” on Perry Como, 1955

Her mid-50s hit, “Little Things Mean A Lot,” was #1 in the US for nine consecutive weeks. She was named “most popular female singer” in 1954 and was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.