Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A little bit of the fruit

While everyone knows Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby," - or perhaps more accurately, Madonna's version and the mind-boggling array of covers that followed - Pearl Bailey's "5lb Box of Money" may be the materialistic Christmas song that really lasts. It helps that while Bailey was actually quite attractive in her youth, she doesn't lean on the sexy in the song, going more for self-effacing humor. That makes it easier for those of us who aren't hot chicks to identify with.


susan said...

This song was a great find. What I love about songs from that period is just how subtle many of them were. Of course, then there was Mae West who got away with much that was hardly subtle but a lot of fun.

Ben said...

Yeah, I have to share credit for this find with the Divaville show on KMHD. And ah, Mae West. I'm sure there must have been censors saying, "Nah, I couldn't have really heard that just now."