Born in Philadelphia on May 25, 1922, as a pre-teen Kitty Kallen had her own radio program on WCAU and as a teenager was already a featured vocalist with Artie Shaw’s orchestra and moved on to the Jimmy Dorsey band replacing famed singing star Helen O’Connell.
While with the Harry James orchestra in the mid 1940’s Kitty’s voice made “I’m Beginning To See The Light” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time,”#1 hits that introduced her to fans not only in America, but around the world. In 1950 “Our Lady of Fatima” and a year later “The Aba Daba Honeymoon” landed on the Hit Parade.
In 1954. a multi-million selling single, “Little Things Mean a Lot” and “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” topped the charts. As recently as 1962, “My Coloring Book” had Kitty Kallen back on the Hit Parade. A complete set of her hits is available on the Sony CD, “The Kitty Kallen Story.”
With more than a dozen hits to her credit, the subscribers of Billboard and Variety voted Kitty Kallen the most popular female singer of 1954. Kitty Kallen was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2009 she was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.