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|
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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