"Santa Baby" was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the United States), and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge success for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Also in 1954, Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled "This Year's Santa Baby" to no commercial success; writers listed did not change. Kitt then re-recorded the original song for Kapp Records in 1963, using a more uptempo arrangement.