Actually the only person competent enough to write these program notes for Eartha Kitt would appear to he Mr. Roget – he of Roget’s Thesaurus – or perhaps Mr. Noah Webster. But even having all the words in the English language at one’s disposal is hardly a guarantee that the Kitt Story can be adequately told. She started out life on a desperately poor share-cropper’s farm in South Carolina and grew up in a miserable Harlem tenement house, helping to support herself and her aunt by working long hours as a seamstress in a uniform factory. In her early teens she discovered that she was endowed with an unusual talent for singing and dancing; and although, superficially, she seemed no different from the countless other poverty-stricken children in Harlem, she dreamed in the good old American tradition that she, Eartha Kitt, the unknown waif, would shoes them – that some day she would be a dazzling entertainer and the toast of continents.
Label: RCA RD-27067