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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 101-125 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-032875 10-in. 4/17/1939 Empieza el beguine Marimba Pan-Americana Marimba band composer  
Victor BS-032915 10-in. 3/7/1939 Mi corazon te pertenece Arturo Cortes ; Havana-Madrid Orchestra ; Nano Rodrigo Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-032917 10-in. 3/7/1939 Begin the beguine Havano-Madrid Orchestra ; Nano Rodrigo Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-034606 10-in. 4/7/1939 Love for sale Les Brown Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-036415 10-in. 8/16/1939 Night and day Alec Templeton Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-037131 10-in. 5/19/1939 Love for sale Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-037161 10-in. 5/31/1939 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-037193 10-in. 6/6/1939 What is this thing called love? The Pied Pipers Mixed vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043355 10-in. 11/5/1939 It was written in the stars Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043369 10-in. 11/9/1939 Do I love you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043370 10-in. 11/9/1939 When love beckoned (In 52nd Street) Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043386 10-in. 11/17/1939 Do I love you Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Lee Sullivan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043387 10-in. 11/17/1939 Katie went to Haiti Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Gertrude Niesen Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043918 10-in. 11/25/1939 When love beckoned (In Fifty-Second Street) Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043920 10-in. 11/25/1939 It was written in the stars Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Dick Smart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043958 10-in. 12/5/1939 When love beckoned (On Fifty-second Street) Walter Gross ; Bea Wain Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-044526 10-in. 12/28/1939 I've got my eyes on you Allan DeWitt ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-044527 10-in. 12/28/1939 I concentrate on you Anita Boyer ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-045792 10-in. 12/21/1939 I've got my eyes on you Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-045793 10-in. 12/21/1939 I concentrate on you Shirley Howard ; Les Brown Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-046040 10-in. 12/28/1939 I've got my eyes on you Dinah Shore Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-046060 10-in. 1/3/1940 Friendship Smoothies Mixed vocal group, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-046456 10-in. 1/18/1940 Between you and me Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor PBS-055483 10-in. 3/14/1941 What is this thing called love? Anita Boyer ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-056423 10-in. 10/1/1940 Visit Panama Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 101-125 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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