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Cole Porter

Cole Albert Porter

Composer, Lyricist

(1891 - 1964)

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Cole Porter wrote both words and music for a vast repertoire of songs. He enjoyed a privileged upbringing, and his musical talent was encouraged. He left Harvard Law School to pursue music in New York but moved to Paris in 1917. There he led a glamorous social life throughout the ‘20s. He married socialite Linda Thomas in 1919. Cole was gay but the couple filled each other’s needs and remained devoted to each other until Linda’s death in 1954.

It was Cole’s “Let’s Do It” from Paris (1928) that established his reputation. After an unsuccessful Hollywood venture writing for film he returned to New York in 1929 for Fifty Million Frenchmen, the first in a string of hit shows. Cole’s lyrics are sophisticated and often risque as in 1930’s “Love for Sale.” His hits include “What Is This Thing Called Love” 1930), “Night and Day” (1932), “I Get a Kick Out of You” from Anything Goes (1934), “Begin the Beguine” and “Just One of Those Things” (1935). “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Easy to Love” are from the 1936 film Born to Dance.

A riding accident in 1937 crushed his legs and left him in severe pain, but he continued to write: “Get Out of Town” (1938), “Everything I Love” (1941), and “I Love You” (1944). “Don’t Fence Me In” (popularized by cowboy actor/singer Roy Rogers) appeared in the 1944 film Hollywood Canteen.

Cole’s biggest Broadway successes were still to come. Kiss Me Kate (1948) ran for over 1,000 performances; then came Can Can (1953) and Silk Stockings (1955). His right leg was amputated in 1958 and he was unable to attend 1960’s “Salute to Cole Porter” at the Metropolitan Opera House. Night and Day (1948) was an unrealistic biography of Porter’s life, but 2004’s De-Lovely covers elements omitted from the earlier film.

- Sandra Burlingame

Very Best of

Cole Porter

Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook

Oscar Peterson

Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter with Billy May

Anita O'Day

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook

Ella Fitzgerald

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter

Various Artists

Begin the Beguine

Artie Shaw

Just One of Those Things (and more)

Nat King Cole

Everything I Love

Eliane Elias

Anything Goes - The New Broadway Cast Recording

Cole Porter, Howard McGillin, Patti LuPone

Anything Goes

Brad Mehldau

It's De Lovely - The Authentic Cole Porter Collection

Cole Porter
Reading and Viewing

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William McBrien

Cole Porter


Charles Schwartz

Cole Porter: A Biography

Da Capo Press

Robert Kimball, Brendan Gill

Cole: A Biographical Essay

Overlook Press

Cary Grant, Alexis Smith

Night and Day

Warner Home Video


Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel

Kiss Me Kate (1953)


Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse

Silk Stockings (1957)


Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally


MGM (Video & DVD)


Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Zizi Jeanmaire, Mitzi Gaynor, Phil Harris

Anything Goes



Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Juliet Prowse


20th Century Fox


Eleanor Powell, James Stewart

Born to Dance (1936)


Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tony Martin

Easy to Love

MGM (Video & DVD)


Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Dane Clark, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Faye Emerson, John Garfield, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale, Paul Henreid, Robert Hutton

Hollywood Canteen

MGM (Warner)

VHS Includes "Don't Fence Me In"

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