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 176-200 of 227 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W403726||10-in.||2/4/1930||You've got that thing||Tommy Bohn Penn-Sirens Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||W403794||10-in.||3/3/1930||What is this thing called love?||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||W404595||10-in.||12/30/1930||Where have you been?||Ed Kirkeby Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||W404834||10-in.||2/9/1931||Love for sale||Fred Rich Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|OKeh||W490035||10-in.||2/4/1930||You've got that thing||Tommy Bohn Penn-Sirens Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E35973||10-in.||2/2/1931||Love for sale||Libby Holman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E27338||10-in.||4/12/1928||Let’s misbehave||Banjo Buddy||Male vocal solo and banjo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E28398||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1928||Let’s do it (Let’s fall in love)||William Wirges Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E28752||10-in.||11/14/1928||Let’s do it (Let’s fall in love)||The Cross Roads Inn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E28899||10-in.||12/18/1928||Let’s do it (Let's fall in love)||Dick Robertson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Brunswick||E31690||10-in.||Dec. 1929||Find me a primitive man||Colonial Club Orchestra ; Libby Holman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E31957||10-in.||1/21/1930||What is this thing called love?||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E31974||10-in.||Jan. 1930||What is this thing called love?||Libby Holman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Brunswick||E21868-E21870||10-in.||3/14/1927||I’m in love again||Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E21870)||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E22194-E22196||10-in.||3/31/1927||I’m in love again||Vaughn De Leath||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E25364-E25365||10-in.||11/30/1927||Let’s misbehave||Lee Sims||Piano solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E25744-E25746||10-in.||12/23/1927||Let’s misbehave||Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E25746)||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E26855-E26856||10-in.||3/7/1928||Let’s misbehave||Banjo Buddy ; Banjo Buddy||Male vocal solo, with banjo and orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E31686-E31687||10-in.||Dec. 1929||You’ve got that thing||Colonial Club Orchestra ; Dick Robertson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||7016||10-in.||11/11/1919||Old fashioned garden||Louise Terrell||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||7059||10-in.||12/11/1919||Old fashioned garden||Helen Clark||Female vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||11622||10-in.||4/1/1927||I'm in love again||J. Donald Parker||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||11683||10-in.||5/4/1927||I'm in love again||Vaughn De Leath||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||19004||10-in.||1/11/1929||Let's do it (Let's fall in love)||B. A. Rolfe Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||N-695||10-in.||1/11/1929||Let's do it (Let's fall in love)||B. A. Rolfe Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
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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