Monday, January 17, 2011
Today's birthday wishes going out to Eartha Kitt are bittersweet at best; bitter because her death is still relatively recent, sweet because to remember her is to remember one of the most exciting performers of all time. From her earliest stage and screen performances stretching back to the 1940s - from her star-making turn as Catwoman in the campy 1960s TV series Batman to her final appearances at the Café Carlyle in Manhattan she did not disappoint.
1983's Where Is My Man (co-written by Fred Zarr, Jacques Morali - and Bruce Vilanch!) was Eartha Kitt's biggest single - which is all the more amazing when considering her discography as a whole; songs like C'est si bon, Monotonous, I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch, and the Christmas classic Santa Baby are indispensable, and the music library at the Pop Culture Institute would be the lesser without them, not to mention the many others she recorded as well.
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