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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 51-75 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-94185 10-in. 9/5/1935 Waltz down the aisle Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-94187 10-in. 9/5/1935 Begin the beguine Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-94194 10-in. 9/7/1935 Why shouldn't I? Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-94195 10-in. 9/7/1935 Me and Marie King’s Men ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-94196 10-in. 9/7/1935 When love comes your way Bud Linn ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-94198 10-in. 9/7/1935 A picture of me without you Ken Darby ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-95084 10-in. 9/27/1935 A picture of me without you Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Sonny Schuyler Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Victor CS-95095 12-in. 9/28/1935 Jubilee medley King’s Men ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor CS-95096 12-in. 9/28/1935 Jubilee medley Ken Darby ; Bud Linn ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-95536 10-in. 10/21/1935 Just one of those things Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-087 10-in. 9/1/1936 I've got you under my skin Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-090 10-in. 9/1/1936 Easy to love Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0744 10-in. 9/25/1936 Easy to love Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0745 10-in. 9/25/1936 I've got you under my skin Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0772 10-in. 10/2/1936 It's de-lovely Jerry Cooper ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0773 10-in. 10/2/1936 You've got something Jerry Cooper ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0975 10-in. 10/15/1936 You've got something Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-0980 10-in. 10/15/1936 Swingin' the jinx away Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor CS-02130 12-in. 10/13/1936 Red, hot, and blue Alan Holt ; Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Mixed Chorus ; Victor Orchestra Mixed vocal chorus and vocal soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor CS-02131 12-in. 10/13/1936 Red, hot, and blue Rae Giersdorf ; Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Mixed Chorus ; Victor Orchestra Mixed vocal chorus and vocal soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-02142 10-in. 10/14/1936 Ridin' High Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-02197 10-in. 10/22/1936 It's de-lovely Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-02924 10-in. 10/26/1936 Why shoudn't I? Alan Moser ; Jack Moser ; Oklahoma Cavaliers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-03034 10-in. 11/10/1936 Down in the depths Florence Case ; Ruby Newman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-011356 10-in. 7/20/1937 Night and day Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
(Results 51-75 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688

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