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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 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  
(Results 176-200 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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