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 26-50 of 227 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-75011||10-in.||1/30/1933||Noche y dia||Giulietta Morino Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||CS-75028||12-in.||2/2/1933||Night and day||Phil Dewey ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Pickens Sisters||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal quartet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||CS-75030||12-in.||2/2/1933||Medley of Cole Porter hits||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Pickens Sisters ; Ramona ; The Rollickers||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio, female vocal solo, and mixed vocal ensemble||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-75232||10-in.||2/15/1933||I'm getting myself ready for you||Casper Reardon||Piano solo, for dance instruction||composer|
|Victor||CS-82351||12-in.||4/26/1934||Three pieces by Cole Porter||Louise Lynch ; Roger Stearns||Female and male vocal solos, with piano; piano solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-83602||10-in.||7/19/1934||Miss Otis regrets (She's unable to lunch today)||Peggy Johnson and her Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-83984||10-in.||3/15/1935||You're the top||Taft School Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||CS-84770||12-in.||10/26/1934||Anything goes : Selection||Johnny Hauser ; Peggy Healy ; Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solos and duet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-84771||10-in.||10/26/1934||I get a kick out of you||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-84772||10-in.||10/26/1934||You're the top||Johnny Hauser ; Peggy Healy ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-84773||10-in.||10/26/1934||All through the night||Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-84774||10-in.||10/26/1934||Anything goes||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-84900||10-in.||10/26/1934||Thank you so much Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-84901||10-in.||10/26/1934||You're the top||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-86065||10-in.||11/27/1934||Anything goes||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-86066||10-in.||11/27/1934||Two little babes in the wood||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist|
|Victor||BS-86262||10-in.||11/26/1934||Blow, Gabriel, blow||Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86268||10-in.||11/27/1934||Lady fair||Anything Goes Foursome||Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86269||10-in.||11/27/1934||Gypsy in me||Anything Goes Foursome||Male vocal quartet, with instrumental trio||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-86374||10-in.||1/3/1935||Be like the bluebird||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-86375||10-in.||1/3/1935||The physician||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-86376||10-in.||1/3/1935||The cocotte||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-86377||10-in.||1/3/1935||I'm a gigolo||Cole Porter||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-86477||10-in.||12/19/1934||You're the top||George Hall Orchestra ; Loretta Lee ; Sonny Schuyler||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86482||10-in.||12/19/1934||I get a kick out of you||George Hall Orchestra ; Loretta Lee||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Cole," accessed December 1, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688.
Porter, Cole. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688.
"Porter, Cole." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 1 December 2020.
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