Which singer released their own rendition of 'Santa Baby' in 1987?
'Santa Baby' is a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list addressed to Santa Claus by a woman.
The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Madonna in 1987. Madonna's rendition for the 1987 charity album 'A Very Special Christmas' was based on the later version of Eartha Kitt released in 1963, ten years after the first release version of the original Kitt recording.
The singer lists off the extravagant presents she wants, ranging from a sable to a convertible to a yacht. And she doesn’t just ask for these things, she demands them.
After all, she adds with a smirk, that’s really not a lot, at least not for someone of her caliber. With the implication that she is as good as it gets, baby, the song reveals its other, more sensual half.
Kitt recorded the song to great acclaim in 1953, but it was Madonna’s version for a 1987 charity Christmas album that cranked the sex appeal up to 11, even as it was simpered through a thick New York-ish accent.
Madonna’s voice is almost unrecognizable as she raises it half an octave to reach the aggressively cutesy “baby voice” that the song has come to be associated with today. Kitt’s vamping version was popular, but Madonna’s initialized-Lolita take was the catalyst for the explosion of covers and parodies that followed.