Weekend video jam: Eartha Kitt, RIP

We here at IDK Global Headquarters still don’t know what to call this end-of-the-week feature of some of the best works in jazz and the blues (our preferred musical form, for the most part). Perhaps some catchy hedder will find its way into the permalink in the new year. The last artist to hold sway here in ’08, one of the prima donas (literally) of the genre, passed away on Christmas, which she memorialized with this tune.

Eartha Kitt was 81, and “Santa Baby” was, well, her baby:

And the following is a wonderful pictorial retrospective of Kitt’s career, which surely must have spawned a few drag queens with the handle “Eartha Kitsch.” Or at least I’m imagining:

And finally, what a showwoman she was! Bette Davis, eat your heart out!

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