Eartha Kitt was born on January 17th, 1971in North, South Carolina and passed away on December 25th, 2004. She was a beautiful, talented, in your face woman; a legend. She was most known for her scratchy, sensual voice and that signature purr. Also for her rendition (one of my personal favorites) of "Santa Baby". I chose to include her in this year's blog because I felt that even though Ms. Kitt might not have been considered a rock singer and perhaps instead more of a jazz singer; she definitely had the persona and a voice that had that edgy, powerful, sensuality to it that most ladies in alternative, rock and heavy metal possess, you will see what I mean from the videos I post later on this blog.
I won't spend a lot of time on blogging about her life because I blogged about her in a previous A to Z blog so if you would like to know more about her back story I encourage you to Google her or to check out my previous A to Z Blog. I want to focus solely on her musical career. At the young age of eight years old, she moved to New York City to live with an aunt, there she was enrolled into the New York School of Performing Arts. At around the age of sixteen she obtain a scholarship to study dance under a woman by the name of Katherine Dunham and eventually joined her dance troupe.
It was in Paris, France, where Kitt became known for her singing; she began to gain popularity in the nightclub circuit while there. When she returned to the states, she was steadily becoming a star an this lead to her landing a role in the Broadway production "New Faces of 1952". This led to her recording and releasing her first album in 1953 titled "The Bad Eartha" which had such singles as "I Want to Be Evil" and "C'est Si Bon". She continued to release music and obtain many acting roles becoming a cultural icon and setting the example for women to live out loud and be true to themselves. As I have said before in my previous blog on Eartha Kitt she was my most favorite Catwoman to date and definitely an inspiration for the black girls who are different. To see exactly what I am talking about listen to her music below:
Earl Greyhound is an American Rock band from New York City, made up of three members. Matt Whyte is gutarist and vocalist, Kamara Thomas plays the bass and contributes vocals as well and lastly Ricc Sheridan is a drummer (Christopher Bear originally played the drums but left the group shortly after they recorded their first album). The group mixes seventies funk, blues and Hard Rock to create their sound. They released their self-titled album in September of 2004. It wasn't until the release of their October 2006 album, titled "Soft Targets" that they began to gain a large fan base.
They began to tour and gain momentum as a force to be reckoned with. The band went on an extended break in 2011 to pursue individual endeavors but they have not formally disbanded. However, Thomas went on to release a solo album in 2013 titled "Earth Hero". It is said that she now lives with her family in North Carolina; while there has been no talk of Earl Greyhound getting back together but Thomas does have an upcoming performance scheduled at The Living Room in Brooklyn, NY on Fri, April 17th, so if you're lucky enough to be in the NYC area go and check her out!