Eartha Kitt

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Santa Baby’

The song, “Santa Baby”, was originally released in 1953 by Eartha Kitt.

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“Santa Baby” was written by Joan Javits and Philip and Tony Springer in 1953 and recorded by the highly individual singer and actress Earrrrrrrrtha (roll of tongue) Kitt (1927-2008). She re-recorded the song in 1954 and again in 1963, but neither became the huge success of the original in the United States, where it remains a perennial favourite.

Many artists have recorded the song for holiday albums and one off’s over the years, including Madonna in 1987 for the charity album “A Very Special Christmas”, but it was in 2000 that Australian singer Kylie Minogue recorded her version that was used as the B side to her single “Please Stay”.

“Santa Baby”, however, has found a following of its own and has continually found its way into the UK singles chart every year since, peaking of its own free will at No.38 and earning a Gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry for individual sales of over 400,000 copies…so far!

But which is best? EARTHA’s original or KYLIE’s cover?

Happy Christmas!

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