Artist: Eartha Kitt
Genre: Christmas songs
Santa Baby, forgot to mention one more thing
A ring, and I don’t mean on the phone
Santa Baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Merry Christmas, folks! This Christmas has been the wildest one till date. As a matter of fact, this year as a whole, couldn’t have been wilder. While ‘Last Christmas’ seemed more appropriate for my current situation, this song burst through my troubles and grievances, and called for being “decrypted”.
What can be said about Eartha Kitt, this beautiful, fierce, strong, and talented woman? What can be said about her that might do her justice? ‘Born into poverty in 1927 on a plantation in North, S.C., to a white father and a black and Cherokee mother, Kitt overcame domestic abuse and abandonment to become a renowned singer, dancer and actress on film, television and on Broadway.’ The song was released in 1953, after which she became as popular as poodle skirts. Because it was so sultry and well-made, the song rose to the top of the charts, and stayed there for quite some time. Eartha enjoyed her time in the limelight, and was even cast as Catwoman in the 1967 Batman T.V. series. Orson Welles, of Citizen Kane fame, even once called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world. She was a renowned Bombshell until the Vietnam controversy almost ended her career. In a private luncheon with the first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and other accomplished women in 1968, Kitt stood against young men being shipped to Vietnam, and told the first lady it wasn’t doing the country any good. (For more information, visit this page). She also refused to take her words back, which left her jobless, at least in the U.S., until 1978. Eartha Kitt passed away in 2008.
‘Santa Baby’ is a song backed up by a well-equipped orchestra. It happens to be one of Eartha’s favorite songs recorded. After its release in 1953, it hit off well with the public, and is a Christmas favorite even today. Various versions have been released ever since, but the original one happens to be my favorite. Eartha’s sultry & toned voice gives the song its structure and character. The song is about a woman enlisting all the luxuries she wants for Christmas, to Santa, who could either be a rich lover, or a Sugar daddy. After a revolutionary period of Jazz music before the 50’s, Jazz slowly transitioned into something more – Bluesy. Jazz soon became the mainstream in the 50’s, and rock took birth in the early 60’s. It also caused a revolution in the U.S., almost bringing racism down (LA VIE EN ROSE speaks about this in detail). Eartha, a popular face in the world of Jazz music, sold the song because of how seductive she and it were. It sounded like no other Christmas song, which were meant to be modest and cheerful. The music used was deemed modern back then, since it wasn’t leaning completely towards Jazz. The male back-up vocals and the saxophone add weight to the song, making it sound very sophisticated. While it would’ve faced a lot of backlash in the conservative environment of the 50’s, it certainly hasn’t lost its charm and suavity.