1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Eartha Kitt (born January 17, 1927)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: C’est Si Bon 1953
Eartha Kitt also had a hit with Santa Baby in 1953.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1953-1954 Record Label: RCA Victor
Sixteen years after her birth on a cotton plantation in Carolina in 1928, Eartha Mae Kitt won a scholarship to Katherine Dunham’s dance school. On a tour to Paris in the 40s she stayed to dance and sing in the cabaret circuit. Legendary film director Orson Welles discovered here there and praised her as “the most exciting woman alive.” In 1950, she returned to the United States and the New York nightclub scene with bookings at the Blue Angel and the Village Vanguard. Eartha Kitt epitomized the stereotypical sophisticated, seductive, exotic, sex-kitten chanteuse. Rising to fame with her striking, slinky presence and throaty purr voice, she became a sensation in Broadway’s ‘New Faces of 1952.’ Always a performer at heart, her act translated best in a live setting. Eartha Kitt’s alluring vamp persona was so vivid and highly mannered that she is still easily identifiable today, more than fifty years after her initial splash.