1989/90 Aladdin - Palace Theatre Manchester

 

Santa Baby

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est si bon" and the enduring Christmas novelty smash "Santa Baby", which were both US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".

Kitt began her career in 1943 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 hits, including "Uska Dara" and "I Want to be Evil". Her other notable recordings include the UK Top 10 hit "Under the Bridges of Paris" (1954), "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" (1956) and "Where Is My Man" (1983). She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. In 1968, her career in America suffered after she made anti-war statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, she made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies—Thursday's Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976) and I'm Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989). She also played Lady Eloise in the 1992 film Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy.

Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor's New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronk's New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor's New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets.

Kitt died from colon cancer on Christmas Day 2008, at her home in Weston, Connecticut.

Singles

  • 1952: "Tierre Va Tembla" / "Caliente" 

  • 1952: "Monotonous" / "Boston Beguine" 

  • 1953: "Uska Dara – A Turkish Tale" / "Two Lovers" 

  • 1953: "C'est si Bon"/ "African Lullaby" 

  • 1953: "I Want To Be Evil" / "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore" 

  • 1953: "Santa Baby" / "Under The Bridges Of Paris" 

  • 1954: "Lovin' Spree" / "Somebody Bad Stole de Wedding Bell"

  • 1954: "Let's Do It" / "Senor" 

  • 1954: "Mink Shmink" / "Easy Does It" 

  • 1954: "Apres Moi" / "I Wantcha Around"

  • 1954: "If I Was a Boy" / "Tea in Chicago" 

  • 1954: "Hey Jacques" / "(This Year's) Santa Baby"

  • 1955: "Fredy" / "Sweet And Gentle" 

  • 1955: "Under the Bridges of Paris" / "Let's Do It" 

  • 1955: "The Heel" / "My Heart's Delight" 

  • 1955: "Do You Remember" / "Mambo De Paree" 

  • 1955: "Sho-Jo-Ji (The Hungry Raccoon)" / "Nobody Taught Me" 

  • 1956: "I'm a Funny Dame" / "Put More Wood on the Fire" 

  • 1956: "Rosenkyssar" / "Vid kajen" 

  • 1955: "Nothin' for Christmas" / "Je Cherche Un Homme 

  • 1956: "Honolulu Rock & Roll" / "There is No Cure for L'Amour" 

  • 1957: "A Woman Wouldn't Be a Woman" / "Toujour Gai" 

  • 1957: "Take My Love, Take My Love" / "Yomme Yomme" 

  • 1957: "If I Can't Take It With Me" / "Proceed With Caution" 

  • 1958: "Just An Old-Fashioned Girl" / "If I Can't Take It With Me (When I Go)"

  • 1959: "Sholem" / "Love Is A Gamble"

  • 1960: "I Wantcha Around" / "Johnny With The Gentle Hands"

  • 1961: "No Second Chance" / "You're My Man" 

  • 1962: "A Lady Loves" / "Please Do It Again" 

  • 1962: "Good Little Girls" / "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

  • 1962: "It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House" / "Lola Lola" 

  • 1963: "Mack the Knife" / "Tierra va Tembla" 

  • 1963: "Little White Lies" / "An Englishman Needs Time" 

  • 1963: "Lola Lola" / "I Had a Hard Day Last Night" 

  • 1965: "The Art of Love" / "Nikki" 

  • 1965: "Any Way You Want It Baby / There Comes a Time" 

  • 1965: "Chez Moi" / "When The World Was Young" 

  • 1968: "Che Vale Per Me" / "Eccomi" 

  • 1971: "A Knight for My Nights" / "Summer Storm" 

  • 1971: "Gib mir deine Hände" / "Ein Sommertraum"

  • 1972: "Catch the Wind" / "Hurdy Gurdy Man"

  • 1983: "Where Is My Man"

  • 1984: "I Love Men"

  • 1986: "I Don't Care"

  • 1986: "This Is My Life"

  • 1987: "Arabian Song"

  • 1989: "Cha Cha Heels" 

  • 1989: "Primitive Man"

  • 1994: "Where Is My Man"

  • 1994: "If I Love Ya Then I Need Ya, If I Need Ya Then I Wantcha Around" 

  • 1998: "Where Is My Man '98"

  • 2000: "Where Is My Man"

  • 2001: "This Is My Life"