Monday, January 16, 2017

First Eartha Kitt Day declared by South Carolina legislature January 17, 2017

First Eartha Kitt Day
To be held January 17, 2017

[North, S.C. -- Jan. 16, 2017] North, South Carolina native, Eartha Kitt, to be posthumously honored with the inaugural Eartha Kitt Day on what would have been her 90th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

The sexy purring of Kitt on songs such as "Santa Baby" and other classics, along with her role as the first "Catwoman" on the 1960s TV series, "Batman," starring Adam West broke many racial barriers.

Legislation designating that day in her honor each year was passed in 2016 by the South Carolina legislature to recognize one of the Palmetto State's best-known citizens. A benefit was held in North on Saturday evening to raise funds for The Cooperative Ministry of North.
Eartha Kitt's entry in the history book,
South Carolina Blues by Clair DeLune,
on Arcadia Publishing (2015).

Eartha Kitt often referred to her origins as a cotton picker as having given her the strength and convictions to succeed in Hollywood, according to her daughter Kitt Shapiro, who was in South Carolina for the inaugural event.

Kitt is one of the artists featured in the book, South Carolina Blues, by Clair DeLune published by Arcadia Press. The book is a 500-year reflection on the artists who have come from, or influenced South Carolina's Roots and Blues music. The book's image of Eartha Kitt is one of her elegantly dressed in silk and fur, napping as she travels on a bus. The irony is that despite her star status, she is clearly relegated to the back of that bus. However, her fortitude helped her overcome stereotypes and rise to the top of her profession as a singer and actor.

Blues Moon Radio will pay a special musical tribute to this outstanding artist from our home state on her birthday, and the first ever Eartha Kitt day on Tuesday, Jan. 17th.

Please tune in at between 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday for the best in Blues, old R&B and Roots music. Blues Moon Radio has been coming to you since 1990 with your host, Clair DeLune.

South Carolina Blues is available in Columbia at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe in Five Points; Mast General Store and Uptown Books and Gifts on Main Street downtown and from the author (email BluesMoonRadio at gmail dot com); or online.
SC Blues at Arcadia Publishing
SC Blues at Amazon (including reviews)
Free Times Review by Jordan Lawrence of SC Blues

WLTX news (TV-19 Columbia SC): Interview with Eartha Kitt's daughter, Kitt Shapiro  (actual link in case the above link breaks:

South Carolina Blues at Arcadia Publishing

South Carolina Blues at Amazon (including reviews)

Free Times Review by Jordan Lawrence of SC Blues 

Eartha Kitt - IMDb


No comments: