Santa Baby and My Mother

When your mother sings Santa Baby, the man himself delivers your gifts.

Eartha Kitt's daughter, Kitt, with Santa


The song, Santa Baby was written by Phil Springer, Joan Javits and Tony Springer for my mother, Eartha Kitt. It was originally recorded by her, with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July 1953. The song was a huge hit, andEartha Kitt image and Santa Baby sheet music with album my mother often said that it was one of her favorite songs to record and perform. One of the last times she performed it, was at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2006, for President and Mrs Bush.









                 Santa Baby ‘certified gold’, my mother and, Elf on the Shelf

Eartha Kitt rehearsing Santa Baby with Henri Rene Orchestra

Eartha Kitt in rehearsal with Henri Rene and his orchestra


Many people have recorded Santa Baby, but few people know that there was a second version, This Year’s Santa Baby, that my mother recorded in 1954, a year after the original. It never received much attention, but I’ve always thought it was even more clever than the original… Take a listen…


I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season, filled with love and laughter.

Remember ~ Treasure ~ Love…. Kitt


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7 Response Comments

  • Sharlyn  December 22, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Wow! Your mom’s version of Santa Baby has always been my favorite. But I had no idea there was a follow up version! So clever! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  • Tracey Fitzpatrick  January 4, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Hi! Just watched UnSung Hollywood about your mom, and I loved it! What a strong resilient woman. I felt her pain but she was a force to be reckon with and to rise above the cruelty she endured. Bless her. I play Santa Baby every Christmas ! It’s not Christmas until you hear that song !! I love the second version too! And one last thing, BOOMERANG is my ALL time favorite movie!! I watch it when it comes on TV and sometimes I watch it from NETFLIX !
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Sheldon  January 17, 2018 at 5:10 AM

    Shapiro’s Collective!!! WE wanted to visit Connecticut on Eartha Kitt day but (sigh) (the New England snowy weather that I have always cherished when I lived NH late sixties & early seventies in Portsmouth on Pease Air Force base ) has hampered that surprise voyage! (drat) Yet and still again Happy Eartha Kitt Day and Happy birthday to Eartha” on this special day” in the words our friend on twitter Margery Marcelino way out in L-A Calif! Cheers from Chip

  • Melodee  February 3, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Her version has and will be the iconic and only version I prefer. I love her mannerisms and her presence in life.

    • Kitt Shapiro  February 3, 2018 at 11:52 AM

      It’s hard for me to disagree with that. 🙂

  • Rhea  February 20, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    I love your Mom’s Santa Baby,both versions! I so enjoy your stories about you and your mother,the one and only beautiful Goddess Eartha Kitt. Please keep sharing. Kitt is s are wonderful to read.
    God bless,


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