December 25, 2008
Santa’s Baby Passes

The incomparable Eartha Kitt died today, Christmas, at the age of 81. Looking for a video clip of her singing “Santa Baby,” the best I could find was one of her performing before George Bush, which I doubt she enjoyed, given the following:

In the late sixties, however, Kitt’s career encountered a substantial setback after she made her anti-Vietnam war views explicit during a White House luncheon.

The CIA put together a dossier on her and she became professionally exiled from the US. She worked abroad for 11 years, where her reputation remained unscathed, but returned triumphantly to New York in 1974 to star in a Broadway spectacle of Timbuktu!

Here, then, is audio from 1953 vinyl:

And here she is, some years later:



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 25, 2008 10:26 PM
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Last night I was looking at a blog and the author mentioned that he will always think differently about White Mink after he saw this video. This might be the video you're looking for.

Looks to be from an early TV recording or newsreel.

Posted by: Buck on December 26, 2008 7:28 AM

Incidentally, Eartha was born in a little town, North, SC. "Wikipedia says 'on a cotton plantation'." It was right down the road from a town where I spent my middle and high school years, about 20 minutes away. I'm sure that town was horribly racist when she was born there. Still is in many ways.

Posted by: Buck on December 26, 2008 7:37 AM
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