Happy birthday, Kitty Kallen!
Sadly, there aren’t terribly many performers still with us who enjoyed success during the Cladrite Era—all the more reason, then, to celebrate songbird Kitty Kallen‘s 93rd birthday.
Kallen, born Katherine Kalinsky in 1922 in Philadelphia, sang on the radio as a child on a program called The Children’s Hour, which was sponsored by Horn and Hardart, the Automat people, and as a teenager, she had occasions to sing with the big bands of Jan Savitt (in 1936), Artie Shaw (in 1938), and Jack Teagarden (in 1940).
At 21, she replaced Helen O’Connell as the singer for the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, primarily performing duets with Bob Eberly. After Eberly entered military service in 1943, Kallen joined the Harry James Orchestra, with whom she sang on several hit songs, including two—“I’m Beginning To See the Light” and “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”—that reached #1 on the charts.
But Kallen’s career didn’t end when the big band era did. Her 1954 hit, “Little Things Mean a Lot,” was number one in the U.S. for nine weeks and remained on chart for nearly seven months, selling more than two million copies in the process. She had many more hits throughout the 1950s and early ’60s
She also appeared frequently on television, on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, in many of the world’s top nightclubs and in at least one motion picture. On her final album, Quiet Nights, she sang in the bossa nova style. A lung ailment would eventually force her retirement, but Ms. Kallen is still with us and we sincerely hope she enjoys a wonderful birthday today.
Dads and Grads Love Tees!
The season of dads and grads is upon us, and let’s face it, one would be hard-pressed to name two harder groups to buy gifts for.
That’s where Cladrite has you covered. Because everyone loves a new t-shirt, especially when it comes emblazoned with a swell vintage graphic. Our motto is, “Yesterday’s T-shirts, Today!” and we’ve got retro designs by the dozen! And not just tees—we offer hoodies, long-sleeved tees, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, barbecue aprons, and much, much more!
Think of it: You could take care of every dad and every grad you know in one fell swoop! Take a peek at our wares; we think you’ll be pleased!
Happy Birthday, Katharine Hepburn!
They broke the mold when they made Katharine Hepburn 108 years ago today. She went on to flirt with the century mark, dying at age 96 twelve years ago next month, but doesn’t it seem as if she’s still here among us? It’s that way with the legends of the silver screen, we suppose—at least it feels that way for those of us who remain devoted to them.
Happy birthday, Ms. Hepburn. Here’s hoping you’re giving them heck wherever you may be.
Happy Birthday, Orson Welles!
Former boy genius and Paul Masson wine pitchman Orson Welles was born 100 years ago today. Let’s face it, any of us would be happy to have left a legacy that included Citizen Kane, not to mention The Lady from Shanghai, The Third Man, Touch of Evil and the rest.
Happy birthday, Mr. Welles, wherever you may be!
Hot Jazz, Yours for the Streaming!
We’re attending the New York Hot Jazz Festival today, 12+ hours of hot music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s! Follow our Twitter feed for pics and video!
You think that money is everything
And yet it's anybody's spring
Go make a fortune, become a king
And still it's anybody's spring
And if you flash a bank roll
Do you suppose a brook would care?
Or that a rose would say:
"There goes a millionaire!"
It's more than diamonds around a ring
Because it's anybody's spring
You may be born with a silver spoon
And yet it's anybody's moon
You couldn't buy a ticket
To hear the first robin sing
It's free because
It's anybody's spring
—It's Anybody's Spring
Lyrics by Johnny Burke; music by Jimmy van Heusen, 1945