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Cole Porter

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  
(Results 26-50 of 227 records)

Citation

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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