25 December 2008

12 Songs of Christmas - Song #9

Eartha Kitt is one of my all-time favourite performers -- she has both an incredible personal story (starting off life in a South Carolina cotton field, literally!) and the sexiest voice I have ever heard, which she somehow maintained right to the end of her life, which came today. She was 81, and an electrifying live performer who managed a magnetic aura with such apparent ease that even appearances very late in her life (such as this Christmas reprise of “Santa Baby” done in 2006 at some event Bush attended), she still radiated that “sex kitten” image -- at the age of 78!

In her honour, here's a video of her first big hit, “Santa Baby” from 1953.

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