Saturday, January 03, 2009

Eartha Kitt (1927-2008)

I regret that I never saw Eartha Kitt perform live, but I did see her perform "live" on public access television in the middle of the great snowstorm of 1996. Certifiably snowbound, Ginny and I could hardly believe it when we saw her laid out on top of a grand piano, vamping in jodhpurs and boots. What a trouper.

Here's a 1962 version of "I'm Just an Old Fashioned Girl."

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Here's an old, strange version of "Santa Baby."

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And here is her recent cabaret performance of both tunes. Did I mention that she was a trouper?

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coffee buzz said...

Eartha Kitt was and continues to be a legend... and it was so funny to find out that she starred in The Emperor's New Groove

Luke N. Atmaguchi said...

A few times over the past few months I've re-watched the Monty Python episode "The Cycling Tour," a towering single-story feat that features an inadvertent Eartha Kitt impersonator . . .