Classics: Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (RCA)
From her birth on a cotton plan close to the small town of North, in Orangeburg, SC on Jan. 17, 1927, Eartha Kitt had this typical Deep South Black America tone in her distinctive singing style…
Considered as the “most exciting woman in the world” by Orson Welles… Eartha Kitt expressed her talent as an actress (starring as Catwoman in the final season of TV series ‘Batman’). But also a cabaret star, a dancer, a comedian and of course a singer too. Eventually makin’ a memorable come back after a 22 year hiatus back in 1983 along with French producers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo (Village People, Ritchie Family). This with the Disco smash ‘Where Is My Man’.
We catch her 30 years earlier. In other words, back in 1953 on the Joan Javits and Philip Springer penned ‘Santa Baby’. Itself seeing her despicting extravagant gifts she’d like to be receiving in such a vibrant way. With thanks to Henri René & his Orchestra who beautifully share the bill with her.
One of her signature songs ‘Santa Baby’ happened to be the subject of an impressive amount of cover versions. This from artists such as Pink Martini, Madonna and Mariah Carey. Not to mention RuPaul, Jhene and Macia Gray among many others.
Eartha Kitt sadly died from colon cancer on Christmas Day 2008, at her home in Weston, CT at the age of 81.