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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 76-100 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-013354 10-in. 9/8/1937 In the still of the night Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-013355 10-in. 9/8/1937 Who knows? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-013806 10-in. 9/15/1937 In the still of the night Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-013810 10-in. 9/15/1937 Who knows? Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-014670 10-in. 10/13/1937 Close Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Lee Sullivan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-014671 10-in. 10/13/1937 Rosalie Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Lee Sullivan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-015831 10-in. 11/4/1937 Rosalie Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Billy Leach Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-024079 10-in. 7/24/1938 Begin the beguine Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-024425 10-in. 8/1/1938 You never know Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-024427 10-in. 8/1/1938 At long last love Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-024451 10-in. 8/4/1938 From Alpha to Omega Joseph Rines Hotel St. Regis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-024454 10-in. 8/4/1938 For no rhyme or reason Joseph Rines Hotel St. Regis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-027000 10-in. 9/7/1938 At long last love Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-027232 10-in. 9/27/1938 What is this thing called love? Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-027919 10-in. 10/14/1938 Get out of town Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-027920 10-in. 10/14/1938 From now on Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-028198 10-in. 11/3/1938 Night and day Van Alexander Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-028339 10-in. 10/28/1938 From now on Les Brown Orchestra ; Miriam Shaw Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-028342 10-in. 10/28/1938 Get out of town Les Brown Orchestra ; Miriam Shaw Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-028947 10-in. 11/11/1938 My heart belongs to Daddy Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-028948 10-in. 11/11/1938 Most gentlemen don't like love Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-030382 10-in. 12/10/1938 Night and day Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-030716 10-in. 12/17/1938 My heart belongs to daddy Elisse Cooper ; Eddie De Lange Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-031493 10-in. 1/17/1939 Rosalie Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor MBS-032312 10-in. before November 1939 Empieza el beguine Conjunto Dupont Instrumental ensemble composer  
(Results 76-100 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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