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|Single by Eartha Kitt|
|B-side||"Under the Bridges of Paris"|
|Released||October 2, 1953|
|Label||RCA Victor (47–5502)|
|Eartha Kitt singles chronology|
"Santa Baby" was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the USA), and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Kitt re-recorded the song for Kapp Records in 1963, using a more uptempo arrangement (Madonna's popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas was based on this latter version). In 1954, Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled "This Year's Santa Baby" to no commercial success. Writers listed did not change.
"Santa Baby" has been covered in recorded and live performances by many artists throughout the years, including Megan Nicole, Sharon Feingold, Pink Martini, Maria Muldaur, Everclear, RuPaul, Mariah Carey, Kate Ceberano, Homer and Jethro, Bambi Monroe, Raini Rodriguez, Shakira, Madonna, Jhene, Macy Gray, Natalie Merchant, Cynthia Basinet, Faith Evans, Boney James, Kylie Minogue, Ste van Holm, The Pussycat Dolls, LeAnn Rimes, VersaEmerge, Kellie Pickler, Lynn Anderson, Paloma Faith, Taylor Swift, The Dollyrots, Colbie Caillat, Sugababes, The Swingle Singers, Ariana Grande featuring Elizabeth Gillies, Halie Loren, Debby Ryan, Trisha Paytas and Glee's version by Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), which was omitted from the episode, but remained on the season 3 soundtrack. It was sung in an Ally McBeal episode by the title character (Calista Flockhart). 1 on disc 1 of The Perfect Christmas 2006 album.
In December 2000, Kylie Minogue's version of the song reached #6 in the UK due to download sales. It was first released as a b-side to her 2000 single "Please Stay" (released in December of that year), which charted #10 a b-side to her version of the Christmas classic "Let It Snow". Both were released during December 2010 on iTunes on A Kylie Christmas. On 23 December 2010, Kylie released the video for "Santa Baby" via YouTube. The song is also featured on Minogue's 2015 album Kylie Christmas. Minogue's version of the song is featured in the 2006 film The Holiday.
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- RCA Victor Records in the 20-5000 to 20–5999 series
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