1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Lovin' Spree recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri Rene’s Orchestra and Chorus
Written by Joan Javits and Phil Springer Introduced February 13, 1954, on RCA Victor records #47-5610
Eartha Kitt is probably best known for the come-hither purr which she so effortlessly employed in her signature hit recording of the French import C’est Si Bon (It’s So Good) in 1953 and two years later in her tongue-in-cheek version of Just An Old Fashioned Girl. In 1954, Eartha Kitt released (Goin’ on a) Lovin’ Spree, an unusual country-flavored record featuring a Henri Rene arrangement replete with steel guitars backing her light vibrato-laden voice. It was the most typical fifties song she recorded, but her kiss-me-hard-kiss-me-strong Lovin’ Spree never made it into the top-twenty. Born on a backwoods plantation community in North Carolina in 1928, Eartha Kitt was a seductive American singer/actress/dancer who performed in Paris cabarets and New York’s Village Vanguard before becoming a sensation in Broadway’s ‘New Faces of 1952.’ Her vast, eclectic repertoire included the calypso-styled Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell, the frothy, fantastic, but forgotten I Wantcha’ Around, the breathless, bitter monologue The Heel, and the Turkish folk song Uska Dara, but her biggest and most memorable hit, was the Christmas season perennial, her slyly salacious novelty song, Santa Baby, released in 1953.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Kiss me hard, kiss me strong; kiss me harder, kiss me long; kiss me right, kiss me wrong"