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Big Band Vocalist Kitty Kallen Dies at 94

Sang with Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw

Kitty Kallen
Kitty Kallen

Kitty Kallen, a big band singer who fronted the orchestras of Artie Shaw, Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden, and enjoyed several hit recordings under her own name, died Jan. 7 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was 94; the cause of death was not reported.

Born Katie Kallen on May 25, 1921, in Philadelphia, the singer is best known for her 1954 solo hit “Little Things Mean a Lot,” which spent nine weeks at the number one spot on the U.S. charts. That same year, she was named “Most Popular Singer” in both Billboard and Variety.

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