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Eartha Kitt – ‘Just An Old-Fashioned Girl’
Her 25 finest


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The Songs:-
Just an Old Fashioned Girl; Monotonous; Lilac Wine; I Want to be Evil; C’Est Si Bon; African Lullaby; Mountain High, Valley Low; Angelitos Negros; Uska Dara; Avril Au Portugal; Lovin’ Spree; Somebody Bad Stole de Wddin’ Bell; Señor; Under the Bridges of Paris; Let’s Do it Let’s Fall in Love; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; The Blues; My Heart Belongs to Daddy; If I Love Ya Then I Need Ya, If I Need Ya Then I Wantcha Around; Après-Moi; Hey, Jacquei; Tea in Chicago; Strangers in the Starlight; The Day that the Circus Left Town; Santa Baby.

Remember sex-kitten Eartha Kitt?  Famously seen draped seductively across a chaise-longue, clad in a skin-tight cat suit, and dragging on an enormously long cigarette holder..

Eartha is best remembered for her bad-girl songs. Notable amongst these and included here:-

'I want to be evil': "I'm tired of being pure and not chased…I want to be evil see some dissipation in my face…whatever I've got I want to loose…"

'Just an old-fashioned girl': "…wanting an old fashioned millionaire…I want an old-fashioned car long enough to have a bowling alley in the back"

'Santa Baby': "Just slip a sable under the tree, just for me…so hurry down the chimney tonight. Come and trim my Christmas tree with trinkets bought at Tiffany "

She’s full of good advice in – ‘If I Love Ya Then I Need Ya, If I Need Ya Then I Wantcha Around’ -  “…careful of matches, you can get burned , never kiss strangers, nasty old germs; exercise daily, jump up and down…” In ‘Somebody Bad Stole de Wddin’ Bell “…we got sasparella soda on de ice, we got shoes and rice and free advice and a bridal suite in honeymoon hotel but what good’s dat without a wedding bell."  In a more pure and innocent vein, she sings of her constancy in a chinoise 'Mountain High, Valley Low'. And she adds that extra Eartha sparkle to such old favourites as: ‘Let’s Do it, Let’s Fall in Love’, ‘Under the Bridges of Paris’, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.’

Looking at her film career in Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, I was surprised to discover that it spanned 1956 through to 1998 for she is best remembered for her early films of the 1950s especially New Faces, Thursday's Child and St Louis Blues. Known also as a brilliant cabaret singer she was equally at home singing expressively in German and French. She also purred and spat out her sardonic lyrics in several other languages including Spanish and even Turkish.

Earthy Eartha; unearthly pleasure.
Ian Lace  



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