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|
|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|
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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