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|
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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