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Friday, December 27, 2013

Fun Holiday Friday: Eartha Sings "Santa Baby"

You've probably heard this song before, but the original version isn't played as often as it should. No one gives it just the right blend of naughtiness and musicality as the peerless Eartha Kitt, who recorded it in 1954. As lovely as his voice is, what is Michael Bublé trying to prove by messing with the lyrics and addressing Santa as "buddy"? And don't even talk to me about Madonna's version, sung in an over-the-top Brooklyn slut-ese.

Why mess with perfection? Eartha's version is a little bit naughty, silky smooth, and 100 percent hers. Too bad this video doesn't show the fabulous Miss Kitt herself, but the voice is all you really need.

Every Friday this month I've brought you a memorable Christmas song. Click here to read the whole series.

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