Monday, December 08, 2008

Music Video Monday: Eartha Kitt

In 1987, when the first A Very Special Christmas album came out featuring some of my favourite pop rock singers singing Christmas songs, I was disappointed with Madonna's selection of "Santa Baby." I had never heard that song before and I couldn't believe Madonna was channeling Betty Boop to sing such a silly song. Out of all the awesome Christmas songs out there (traditional/religious or secular), why "Santa Baby"?

Well, a few years later, I heard Eartha Kitt's version and was blown away. I learned that she was famous for this song. She sings it with her famous "sex kitten" purr and manages to be seductive all at once. Why anyone would want to record their own version of the song is beyond me. No one, and I mean NO ONE, will ever be able to sing it the way it was meant to be sung...the way Eartha Kitt can.

This video shows Eartha singing it at three different times of her life. She might age, but she still has it! Earlier this year, I was happy to finally see her on stage. She is a true legend and I can't believe she's over 80 years old and still looks and sings great. She can be my "Santa Baby" anytime!


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