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RCA Victor Records followed up Eartha Kitt's chart single "C'est Si Bon" with this eight-song, 10" debut LP, which includes the hit along with tracks sung in Spanish, Turkish, Swahili, and, oh yes, English. The exotic singer, a native of Columbia, SC, convincingly played the part of an international vamp, as she did in her big break as a member of the cast of the Broadway musical revue New Faces of 1952. There was a novelty quality to her persona and the songs chosen to explore it, appropriate to a nightclub act, if somewhat arch on disc. Nevertheless, Kitt was a strong vocalist with a distinct style, which served her well on further recordings and personal appearances.


Born: 17 January 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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