Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film.
Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, Porter defied his grandfather's wishes and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs. After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, Porter was left disabled and in constant pain, but he continued to work. His shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of the 1920s and '30s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.
Porter's other musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings. His numerous hit songs include "Night and Day", "Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Well, Did You Evah!", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "You're the Top". He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Born to Dance (1936), which featured the song "You'd Be So Easy to Love"; Rosalie (1937), which featured "In the Still of the Night"; High Society (1956), which included "True Love"; and Les Girls (1957).
Birth and Death Data: Born June 9th, 1891 (Peru), Died October 15th, 1964 (Santa Monica)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, vocalist, piano, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 232 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-18459||10-in.||9/25/1916||I've a shooting box in Scotland||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-23496||10-in.||11/24/1919||Old fashioned garden||Olive Kline||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||C-23885||12-in.||4/6/1920||Nobody but you||Palace Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34962||10-in.||3/22/1926||Yale medley no. 1||Roland B. Guild ; Yale University Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38394||10-in.||5/9/1927||I'm in love again||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38776||10-in.||5/23/1927||I'm in love again||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-42526||10-in.||3/1/1928||Let's misbehave||Irving Aaronson ; Commanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43761||10-in.||5/3/1928||Two little babes in the wood||Irving Aaronson ; Irene Bordoni ; Commanders||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43762||10-in.||5/3/1928||Let's misbehave||Irving Aaronson ; Irene Bordoni ; Commanders||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43764||10-in.||5/3/1928||Don't look at me that way||Irving Aaronson ; Irene Bordoni ; Commanders||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47749||10-in.||10/16/1928||Let's do it (let's fall in love)||Irving Aaronson ; Jack Armstrong ; Commanders ; Phil Saxe||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56809||10-in.||2/11/1930||What is this thing called love?||Jesse Crawford||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57587||10-in.||12/9/1929||You do something to me||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57588||10-in.||12/9/1929||You've got that thing||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57949||10-in.||12/24/1929||You do something to me||Chick Endor||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58183||10-in.||1/10/1930||What is this thing called love?||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58522||10-in.||1/25/1930||You've got that thing||Maurice Chevalier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58591||10-in.||2/20/1930||What is this thing called love?||Frank Luther||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-63654||10-in.||9/15/1930||One night in Havana||Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-67733||10-in.||12/24/1930||Love for sale||Pennsylvanians ; Three Waring Girls ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-67734||10-in.||12/24/1930||Where have you been?||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal chorus||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-68941||10-in.||3/27/1931||I'm getting myself ready for you||Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys ; Blanche Calloway||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73977||10-in.||11/22/1932||Night and day||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73978||10-in.||11/22/1932||I've got you on my mind||Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-74769||10-in.||1/5/1933||After you||Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Cole," accessed January 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688.
Porter, Cole. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688.
"Porter, Cole." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 January 2021.
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