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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 151-175 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-Test-1058 10-in. 8/23/1933 Moonstruck Bud Saunders Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 78741 10-in. 10/16/1919 Old-fashioned garden Prince's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 79410 10-in. 9/13/1920 Old fashioned garden Tandy MacKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80564 10-in. 9/25/1922 Yale songs—Medley I Shannon Four Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 49126 12-in. 2/15/1917 I've a shooting box in Scotland Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band songwriter  
Columbia W143727 10-in. 3/30/1927 I'm in love again Harry Reser's Syncopators ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144311 10-in. 6/10/1927 I'm in love again Charles Kaley Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144393 10-in. 6/23/1927 I'm in love again Broadway Bellhops ; Harry Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144535 10-in. 8/5/1927 I'm in love again Oscar Grogan Male vocal solo, with alto saxophone and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147175 10-in. 11/1/1928 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) The Georgians ; Johnny Morris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147396 10-in. 12/7/1928 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147418 10-in. 12/12/1928 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147536 10-in. 12/14/1928 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149444 10-in. 11/19/1929 They all fall in love Will Osborne and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149613 10-in. 12/23/1929 You've got that thing Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W149715 10-in. 12/12/1929 You do something to me Lloyd Keating and his Music ; Jack Lord Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149738 10-in. 1/8/1930 What is this thing called love? Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149754 10-in. 1/14/1930 What is this thing called love? Mayflower Orchestra ; Julie Wintz Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149918 10-in. 1/27/1930 You've got that thing Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W151192 10-in. 1/9/1931 Where have you been? Campus Boys ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia W151287 10-in. 2/6/1931 Love for sale Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7236 10-in. Feb. 1920 Old fashioned garden Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80870 10-in. 5/12/1927 I'm in love again Russell Douglas ; Sol S. Wagner Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh W401425 10-in. 12/4/1928 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Beth Challis Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh W401561 10-in. 1/26/1929 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
(Results 151-175 of 227 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Cole," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688.

Porter, Cole. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102688.

"Porter, Cole." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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