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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The Music of Christmas: Santa Baby


The naughty but nice Christmas song.

In 1953 Eartha Kitt recorded, “Santa Baby.”

From Kitt’s official website:

Eartha Mae Kitt was ostracized at an early age because of her mixed-race heritage.  At eight years old, she was given away by her mother and sent from the South Carolina cotton fields to live with an aunt in Harlem.  In New York her distinct individuality and flair for show business manifested itself, and on a friend’s dare, the shy teen auditioned for the famed KATHERINE DUNHAM DANCE TROUPEShe won a spot as a featured dancer and vocalist and before the age of twenty, toured worldwide with the company.  During a performance in Paris, Miss Kitt was spotted by a nightclub owner and booked as a featured singer at his club.  Her unique persona earned her fans and fame quickly, including Orson Welles, who called her “the most exciting woman in the world”Welles was so taken with her talent that he cast her as Helen of Troy in his fabled production of DR. FAUST


From Philadelphiacitypaper.net:

Eartha Kitt possesses one of the most seductive and feline voices ever known. She is the textbook diva — a woman who acts with divine providence as high as her cheekbones. She has danced for the Katherine Dunham dance troupe, acted on Broadway with Orson Welles and on film with Sidney Poitier, recorded pop hits and taken a place in the kitsch history books for her portrayal of Catwoman on the Batman TV series. Her American career came to a halt in January '68 when she made an anti-Vietnam remark at a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson. Kitt soon found herself blacklisted from performance venues and recording.
  


Following Kitt’s huge hit with “Santa Baby,” she recorded a follow-up in 1954 called, "This Year's Santa Baby." It bombed. That’s why you never heard of it!

In 1987, Madonna did a cover for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas.

I guess you either love this “baby” or you don’t. One Internet reviewer wrote:

Madonna had been around the block far too many times to get away with playing the infuriating Betty Boop-ish ingenue. When Eartha Kitt made a case for being a good, deserving girl -- "think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed" -- it was mildly amusing. When Madonna trotted out the line, it was just another reason for Sean Penn to start throwing ornaments.

Start throwing your tomatoes. I not only like the song, I prefer Madonna’s uptempo version to Kitt’s more laid back original.

OK.

Here we go.
 C’mon, Santa.

Slip that sable under the tree.

Been an awful good girl...







OK.

One more.

Kyle Minogue!




 


Now That's What I Call Christmas! The Signature Collection



1) The Music of Christmas: Jingle Bells

2) The Music of Christmas: "I am a fine musician"

3) The Music of Christmas: Mary's Boy Child

4) The Music of Christmas - Elvis Style

5) The Music of Christmas: Rudolph

6) The Music of Christmas: The Fat Man is watching

7)
The Music of Christmas: "Haul out the holly....."

8) The Music of Christmas: Judy Garland

9) The Music of Christmas: A partridge in a pear tree

10) The Music of Christmas: Disney-style

11) The Music of Christmas: "Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun"

12) The Music of Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

13) The Music of Christmas: Santa Baby



 

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