Santa Baby

“Come and trim my Christmas tree, With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s…”

Santa Baby was made famous by the sultry Eartha Kitt who ironically died on Christmas day at the age of 81. The song was written in 1953 by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. The American born Kitt was fluent in French, and spoke other languages, which partly accounted for her unique vocal style. She purred through this slightly naughty song about the Christmas list of luxury items this “good girl” wants Santa to bring.

Kitt remained gorgeous to the end and had a nightclub schedule planned for ’09. Each Christmas, I play Santa Baby and enjoy the extra meanings she gives the lyrics. Through Kitt’s poor beginnings, early rise to international stardom and life experiences abroad, she makes the words all her own.

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