Eartha Kitt

My Way: Musical Tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Although Eartha Kitt's popular persona is that of a slinky, purring sex kitten, the dancer/singer/actress has always had a political side as well. (Her decades-long self-imposed exile in France was spurred by what she saw as an intolerable political atmosphere in the United States.) It's that more serious aspect that's dominant on the serious but never somber MY WAY, recorded shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Consisting mostly of heartfelt renditions of traditional spirituals like "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross," "Old Rugged Cross" and "Look Where God had Brought Us," interspersed with spoken commentaries, MY WAY also includes magnificent versions of "God Bless the Child" and Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John" before closing with a defiant version of the title track. It's not an album for fans of the kitschy side of Eartha Kitt, but MY WAY is a deeply personal and thoughtful album.

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