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COLE PORTER  

(1891 - 1964)

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 risqu 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” (1934), “Begin the Beguine” and “Just One of Those Things” (1935). “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Easy to Love” are from a 1936 film.

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

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PORTER, Cole: Let's Misbehave! (1927-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120533
Nostalgia
Role: Classical Composer 
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Role: Non-Classical Composer 
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Nostalgia
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Contemporary Jazz
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86042-2
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DVWW-JILA
Jazz DVD
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8.120519
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DOR-90319
Contemporary Jazz
BAKER, Chet: Live in '64 and '79 (NTSC) TDKDVD
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Jazz DVD
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8.120630
Nostalgia
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Gramola99069
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9.81166JZ
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8.578039-40
Orchestral
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2.119007
Jazz DVD
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8.120613
Nostalgia
COMMODORES JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Sessions on M. Street, S.E. Altissimo
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8.120623
Nostalgia
DANSKE REVY (DEN): 1945-1950, Vol. 1 (Revy 20) Dacapo
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8.120776
Nostalgia
DOMNERUS, Arne: Live is Life Proprius
PRCD9142
Contemporary Jazz
DORSEY, Tommy: Music Maestro, Please (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120580
Jazz
EDDIE THOMAS SINGERS (THE): The Eddie Thomas Singers Naxos Nostalgia
8.120897
Nostalgia
ELLEN ANDERSSON QUARTET: I'll Be Seeing You Prophone
PCD165
Contemporary Jazz
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8.555009
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8.990035
Orchestral
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PCD193
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DVWW-JIEF
Jazz DVD
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Vocal
GARNER, Erroll: Informal Piano Improvisation Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81221JZ
Jazz
GARNER, Erroll: Standards (1945-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120661
Jazz
Great Love Songs Naxos International
8.990020
Orchestral
GREEN, Bunky: Healing the Pain Delos
DE4020
Contemporary Jazz
GRUSSNER, Johanna: Lazy Afternoon Prophone
PCD087
Contemporary Jazz
HAWKINS, Coleman: Body and Soul (1933-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120532
Jazz
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9.82510
Pop and Rock
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8.120636
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: You're My Thrill (1944-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120750
Jazz
KENTON, Stan: MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 4 (1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120703
Nostalgia
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9.81156JZ
Jazz
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8.120800
Nostalgia
KONITZ, Lee: Originalee (1953) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81141JZ
Jazz
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8.120784
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8.120560
Nostalgia
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8.120770
Jazz
LINA NYBERG QUINTET: When the Smile Shines Through Prophone
PCD023
Contemporary Jazz
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8.120645
Nostalgia
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JAH-452
Jazz
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JAH-423
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JAH-462
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86040-2
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8.111239
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8.120680
Nostalgia
PARKER, Charlie: Mellow Bird (1949-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120700
Jazz
PERTUSI, Michele: Live Recital Dynamic
CDS490
Musicals
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PCD093
Contemporary Jazz
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PCD071
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PCD066
Contemporary Jazz
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8.120627
Nostalgia
PORTER, Cole: Let's Misbehave! (1927-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120533
Nostalgia
PORTER: Can-Can / Mexican Hayride (Original Broadway Cast) (1953, 1944) Naxos
8.120845
Musicals
PORTER: Kiss Me Kate TDKDVD
DV-MCKMK
Opera DVD
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8.120788
Musicals
REINHARDT, Django: Django Reinhardt (1938-1939) (Reinhardt, Vol. 2) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120575
Jazz
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8.120821
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OC554
Contemporary Jazz
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8.120615
Jazz
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8.120802
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Contemporary Jazz
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CDS195
Chamber Music
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8.557004
Orchestral
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8.120730
Jazz
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8.120752
Nostalgia
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DE4024
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8.120854-55
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75442255592
Contemporary Jazz
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75442253482
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: With a Little Help from Our Friends Altissimo
75442253262
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75442270682
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75442270892
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75442261162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442270192
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8.120763
Nostalgia
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8.990042
Orchestral
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8.555025
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Jazz
WALTON, Cedar: Cedar Walton Plays featuring Ron Carter and Billy Higgins Delos
DE4008
Contemporary Jazz
WE CAN DO IT! - Celebrating Women in WWII Altissimo
75442272022
Contemporary Jazz
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8.120511
Nostalgia
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8.120538
Jazz
YUKO MABUCHI TRIO: Yuko Mabuchi Trio Yarlung Records
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ALLEN, Jackie: Which? Naxos Jazz
86042-2
Contemporary Jazz
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Live in '59 (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-JILA
Jazz DVD
ASTAIRE, Fred: Night and Day (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120519
Nostalgia
ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat (A Jazz Tribute to Fred Astaire) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90319
Contemporary Jazz
COMEDY HARMONISTS: Whistle While You Work (1929-1938) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120613
Nostalgia
COMMODORES JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Sessions on M. Street, S.E. Altissimo
75442270042
Contemporary Jazz
COWARD, Noel: Mad About the Boy (1932-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120623
Nostalgia
DIETRICH, Marlene: Naughty Lola (1928-1941) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120776
Nostalgia
EDDIE THOMAS SINGERS (THE): The Eddie Thomas Singers Naxos Nostalgia
8.120897
Nostalgia
ELLEN ANDERSSON QUARTET: I'll Be Seeing You Prophone
PCD165
Contemporary Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: Live in '57 and '63 (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-JIEF
Jazz DVD
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 5: 1956 Pop, Part 1 Naxos Rock Legends
9.82510
Pop and Rock
HITS OF THE 1940s, Vol. 1 (1940): I'll Never Smile Again Naxos Nostalgia
8.120636
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: You're My Thrill (1944-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120750
Jazz
KING, Teddi: Miss Teddi King, 'Round Midnight (1953, 1954) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81156JZ
Jazz
LANZA, Mario: Because You're Mine (1952-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120784
Film and TV Music
LAWRENCE, Gertrude: Star of Screen, Musical and Review (1926-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120560
Nostalgia
LOST TAPES - Baker, Chet (Early Chet - Chet Baker in Germany, 1955-1959) SWR Jazzhaus
JAH-452
Jazz
LOUIS ARMSTRONG ALL STARS: Jazz Heroes (1959) SWR Jazzhaus
JAH-462
Jazz
PERTUSI, Michele: Live Recital Dynamic
CDS490
Musicals
PORTER, C.: Aladdin (DuPont Show of the Month, CBS TV) (1958) / Les Girls (Film Soundtrack) (1957) Naxos
8.120888
Musicals
PORTER, Cole: But in the Morning, No (1930-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120627
Nostalgia
PORTER, Cole: Let's Misbehave! (1927-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120533
Nostalgia
PORTER: Can-Can / Mexican Hayride (Original Broadway Cast) (1953, 1944) Naxos
8.120845
Musicals
PORTER: Kiss Me, Kate (Original Broadway Cast) (1949) / Let's Face It (1941) Naxos
8.120788
Musicals
SLIDING HAMMERS: A Beautiful Friendship - Honoring Jay and Kai Prophone
PCD085
Contemporary Jazz
ULTIMATE MUSICALS COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120854-55
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN GATE: American Song Book (An) Altissimo
75442270682
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442260052
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND: Jazz Guardians (The) Altissimo
75442270892
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Remembering the Navy Hour (Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of World War II) Altissimo
75442270192
Choral - Secular
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ODE803-2
Pop and Rock, Nostalgia
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120538
Jazz




 
 
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