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  1953 saw more than its fair share of novelty holiday songs. Most have appropriately and thankfully faded into oblivion. Gayle Peevey—a ten-year old–sang “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” She got her wish, donated the animal to her local zoo. Louis Armstrong recorded “Zat You, Santa Claus?” “Will Santy Come to Shanty Town” was a hit for Eddie Arnold. But that year also saw a novelty song that turned into a classic. “Santa Baby” is the topic of this week’s Lyrics Undercover, a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list, sung by Eartha Kitt.
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