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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 201-225 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0B4674 10-in. 10/12/1933 Experiment Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B5136 10-in. On or before 10/18/1933 Solomon Elisabeth Welch Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B5137 10-in. On or before 10/18/1933 The physician Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B5138 10-in. On or before 10/18/1933 Experiment Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B5139 10-in. On or before 10/24/1933 Nymph errant Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B5380 10-in. On or before 10/11/1933 It's bad for me Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B5381 10-in. On or before 10/11/1933 How could we be wrong? Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Decca 69809 10-in. 10/13/1941 A little rumba numba Hildegarde composer  
Decca 69810 10-in. 10/13/1941 You irritate me so Hildegarde composer  
Decca 69811 10-in. 10/13/1941 Ev'rything I love Hildegarde composer  
Decca 69814 10-in. 10/13/1941 I hate you, darling Hildegarde composer  
Decca 69815 10-in. 10/13/1941 Ace in the hole Hildegarde composer  
Decca 69816 10-in. 10/13/1941 Farming Hildegarde composer  
Vocalion E4684-E4686 10-in. 3/15/1927 I’m in love again Peggy English Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Vocalion E7035-E7037 10-in. 1/26/1928 Let’s misbehave The Bluebirds Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E7037) composer, lyricist  
Decca 86930 10/13/1954 Without love Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians lyricist  
Decca 86931 10/13/1954 Silk stockings Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians lyricist  
Decca 86932 10/13/1954 All of you Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians lyricist  
Decca 86933 10/13/1954 As on through the seasons we sail Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians lyricist  
Decca L 9021 3/7/1956 I get a kick out of you Zizi Jeanmaire lyricist  
Decca L 9022 3/7/1956 Anything goes Mitzi Gaynor lyricist  
Decca L 9023 3/7/1956 Dream ballet-1 Joe Lilley Orchestra lyricist  
Decca L 9024 3/7/1956 You can bounce right back Donald O'Connor lyricist  
Decca L 9025 3/7/1956 It's de-lovely Mitzi Gaynor ; Donald O'Connor lyricist  
Decca L 9026 3/7/1956 Ya gotta give the people hoke Bing Crosby ; Donald O'Connor lyricist  
(Results 201-225 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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