Bud Lite in a Fluted Glass
I guess by now that it's pretty obvious that I grew up in a rural area of Georgia! No one I knew had any interest in R&B music-- my friends and I were all fans of Casey Kasem's "America's Top 40". My parents loved classical music. R&B was pretty much unheard of in my neck of the woods. The first time I ever heard an Eartha Kitt song, it was being performed by my college drag queen friend, Jackie Delorean. She wasn't on stage doing this performance either-- we were sitting in her trailer home and she was wearing a silk Japanese robe- no make up, no wig. Just a heavy set, bald man holding a cigarette in one hand and a champagne glass full of Bud Lite in the other. Yet, the performance touched me and I wanted to know more about this "Eartha Kitt". Although she was a true female, every song that I heard her sing seemed to have been written by (or for) a drag queen! Maybe that was just my impression since the only reference I had to her songs was from drag queens. But to this day, whenever I hear ANY Eartha Kitt song, I always think "I'm going to do that number in the next show!".