Obscura-ditty – DIVAS EXOTICA Playlist of Amazing Sexy Lady Stars

Shirley BasseyLong before I was aware of wide-spread Wes Anderson ironic musical nostalgia, there was Katy and I driving around southern Maryland, listening to the Divas Exotica album and singing Teach Me Tiger at the top of our lungs.

Katy just had incredibly great taste at an early age (even for the 90s, an era of deep musical love and appreciation, she knew all the classics) and I was lucky enough to benefit from her knowledge.

My burned copies of Divas and the downloaded version I made a few years ago are still in frequent rotation in my playlists.

Sadly, Divas Exotica is out of print but I assembled its extreme excellence here for your end of week listening pleasure.

Let Me Entertain You – Ann-Margret

Don’t Touch My Tomatoes – Josephine Baker/Jo Bouillon

Near You – Marlene Dietrich

Teach Me Tiger – April Stevens

Je Me Donne A Qui Me Plait – Brigitte Bardot

Do Your Duty – Billie Holiday

Since Me Man Has Done Gone And Went – Maya Angelou

Go, Go, Calypso – Mamie Van Doren

Let’s Misbehave – Eartha Kitt

That Makes It – Jayne Mansfield

Jezebel – Edith Piaf

So Nice (Summer Samba) – Astrud Gilberto

Forbidden Fruit – Nina Simone

Heatwave – Marilyn Monroe

Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey

Mam Eu Quero (I Want My Mama) – Carmen Miranda

La Molina – Yma Sumac

Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo – Sophia Loren

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

BONUS – Even More Nina!

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