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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 126-150 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-056725 10-in. 10/8/1940 Let's be buddies Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-057016 10-in. 10/22/1940 Make it another old fashioned, please Sara Horn ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-057017 10-in. 10/22/1940 My mother would love you Mary Alcott ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-057018 10-in. 10/22/1940 Fresh as a daisy Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Joan Whitney Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-057019 10-in. 10/22/1940 Let's be buddies Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Joan Whitney Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-057080 10-in. 11/6/1940 Let's be buddies Bea Wain Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-057081 10-in. 11/6/1940 Make it another old fashioned, please Bea Wain Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor PBS-061978 10-in. 12/15/1941 What is this thing called love? Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor PBS-061989 10-in. 12/22/1941 What is this thing called love? Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-062769 10-in. 3/20/1941 Why shouldn't I? Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-064006 10-in. 4/2/1941 Easy to love Joe Reichman Piano solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Victor BS-064937 10-in. 9/29/1941 I get a kick out of you Joe Reichman Piano solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Victor BS-068090 10-in. 11/11/1941 Ev'rything I love Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068141 10-in. 10/31/1941 Begin the beguine Arturo and his Cubano Rhythm Jazz/dance quintet composer  
Victor BS-068199 10-in. 11/13/1941 You do something to me Emile Coté ; Margaret Daum ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with female vocal solo and piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068302 10-in. 11/13/1941 Rosalie Emile Coté ; Walter Preston ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus and male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068303 10-in. 11/13/1941 Blow, Gabriel, blow Emile Coté ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068304 10-in. 11/13/1941 In the still of the night Emile Coté ; Margaret Daum ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus and female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068305 10-in. 11/13/1941 I've got you under my skin Emile Coté ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068307 10-in. 11/13/1941 Begin the beguine Emile Coté ; Frank Parker ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068309 10-in. 11/13/1941 Night and day Emile Coté ; Frank Parker ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus and male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068382 10-in. 12/3/1941 What is this thing called love? Emile Coté ; Walter Preston ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with male vocal solo and piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068441 10-in. 11/28/1941 Begin the beguine Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-068641 10-in. 12/15/1941 Everything I love Tito Guizar Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor MBS-092559 10-in. before 1/2/1951 Begin the beguine Los Tres Diamantes Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
(Results 126-150 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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