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Kitty Kallen, Big Band Singer, Dies 94

Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career.

She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. AllMusic called the recording a "monster hit", and music historian Jonny Whiteside said the song "ably characterizes Kallen’s impressive, and graceful, transition from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop".

Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.

Kallen died on January 7, 2016 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 94.

Kitty Kallen, Little Things Mean a Lot, 1955 Perry Como TV

Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIME

Jane Harvey, jazz singer, performed with Benny Goodman, dies 88

Jane Harvey (January 6, 1925 - August 15, 2013) was an American jazz singer, known for recording many tracks with famous musicians Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman during the 1940s. Harvey began her musical career at Barney Josephson's nightclub, occasionally performing there. In 1946, she joined Desi Arnaz's Orchestra, until she left in 1958 to raise her son, Bob Thiele Jr. During the late 1950s, she joined Duke Ellington's Orchestra. Around the time of her death, she performed locally, all over the Los Angeles area.

Jane Harvey cause of death

Jane Harvey died of cancer in her home. Jane Harvey was 88 years old at the time of her death, . She is survived by her son, husband and grandson.

Jane Harvey 1946 Soundies

Fran Warren, Big Band Singer, 'Sunday Kind of Love', dies 87

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Frances Wolfe (March 4, 1926 – March 4, 2013), known by her stage name, Fran Warren, was an American popular singer.

One of the singer's biggest hits was the 1947 "Sunday Kind of Love." Fran Warren was also an actress who appeared in an Abbott and Costello film.

Fran Warren cause of death

Fran Warren died of natural causes in Connecticut on March 4, 2013.  Fran Warren was 87 years old at the time of her death.

Fran Warren - Sunday Kind of Love

"A Sunday Kind of Love" was composed by Barbara Belle, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes, and Louis Prima and was published in 1946.  The song was first recorded November 11, 1946. He released the song as a single in January, 1947 and it became permanently identified as the signature song for its vocalist, Fran Warren.

Paul Tanner, Glenn Miller trombonist, dies 95

Paul Tanner (October 15, 1917 – February 5, 2013) was an American musician and former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  He was the last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Tanner developed and played the electrotheremin. The electrotheremin is featured in several songs by The Beach Boys, with Tanner himself playing the instrument; most notably Good Vibrations, Wild Honey, and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.

Paul Tanner Cause of Death

Paul Tanner died of pneumonia on February 5, 2013. Paul Tanner was 95 years old at the time of his death.

Too Little Time - featuring paul tanner

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