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Album Review

Eartha Kitt's third album, Down to Eartha, missed the charts in 1955, but RCA Victor Records tried again in 1956 with Thursday's Child, a typical collection that found the exotic arch-seductress crooning in multiple languages and multiple musical styles. Among the more notable selections were an English-language vocal version of the recent Nelson Riddle instrumental hit "Lisbon Antigua (In Old Lisbon)" and a rendition of "Lazy Afternoon" from the recent Broadway musical The Golden Apple. Inevitably, there were a couple of novelties to exploit Kitt's promiscuous gold-digger image, as she wooed millionaires and their money in "Just an Old-Fashioned Girl" and "If I Can't Take It with Me When I Go." There may not have been enough Americans still intrigued by Kitt to make Thursday's Child a domestic hit, but RCA may have been figuring that world-wide sales justified the effort; certainly, there seemed to be a songs for South American and European exploitation here, as well as North America. More important for the singer herself, the album provided a repertoire that would help make her an equally welcome nightclub entertainer in New York, Paris, West Berlin, and Rio de Janeiro.

Biography

Born: January 17, 1927 in Columbia, SC

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Eartha Kitt epitomized the idea of the sex-kitten chanteuse, rising to fame with a nightclub act centered on her slinky stage presence and her throaty purr of a voice. As much as she enjoyed vamping it up, she also projected the image of an exotic international sophisticate, especially since she sang in several different languages. She brought a definite zest to her torch songs, and favored lyrics that painted her as the Material Girl of her time. Kitt's persona was so vivid and well-developed that...
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