Kitty Kallen

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Kitty Kallen was an amazing female vocalist whose career spanned from the 1930's into the early rock years of the 1960s.  Kallen performed with the popular big band leaders of the 1940's, including Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before establishing her successful solo career.

Kallen started quite young! She had a radio program on a Philadelphia radio station (Yes, Kitty was a Philly Girl) and sang with the bands of Jan Savitt, Artie Shaw and Jack Teagarden as a teenager.

In 1942, still only 20 years old, she sang the vocals for "Moonlight Becomes You", with Bobby Sherwood and His Orchestra.

At 21, she joined the Jimmy Dorsey band and recorded a string of hits including "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and "Besame Mucho". At the end of 1943, she joined Harry James's band.

Listen to Kitty Kallen with Jimmy Dorsey perform "They're Either Too Young or Too Old"

Her work with Harry James led to another string of hits including "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time."

After a long successful career Kallen died in 2016 at the age of 94.

Listen to "Juke Box Annie" by Kitty Kallen

You can hear Kitty Kallen's music, especially her work with Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, right here on Swing City Radio.

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