Cole Porter

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Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards 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).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Overtures and Ballet Music (The London Sinfonietta feat. conductor: John McGlinn) Cole Porter 1
1995 Kiss Me Kate Cole Porter 1
Music of Cole Porter Cole Porter; Frederick Fennell 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Song Is... Cole Porter Cole Porter 1
1994 Great American Songwriters Cole Porter 1
2005 The Film Musicals Collection: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954 film cast / Kiss Me, Kate, 1953 film cast / Calamity Jane, 1953 original film cast / Oklahoma! 1947 original London cast / Show Boat, 1951 film cast / Annie Get Your Gun, 1950 film cast) Gene de Paul / Cole Porter / Sammy Fain / Rodgers & Hammerstein / Jerome Kern / Irving Berlin 1
20 Best Collection Cole Porter 1
George Gershwin Cole Porter 1
Men & Their Music Series, Volume III Cole Porter 1
Night and Day Cole Porter 1
Red, Hot and Blue Cole Porter 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Centennial Gala Concert Cole Porter 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1949 Kiss Me, Kate (1948 original Broadway cast) Cole Porter 4
1955 Silk Stockings (1955 original Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
1956 High Society (1956 film cast) Cole Porter 5
1958 Aladdin (1958 TV cast) Cole Porter 2
1965 The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter (1965 original off-Broadway cast) Cole Porter 3
1988 Anything Goes Cole Porter 1
1988 Anything Goes (1987 Broadway revival cast) Cole Porter 2
1989 Anything Goes (1989 Australian cast) Cole Porter 1
1989 Kiss Me Kate (1989 Bad Hersfeld cast) Cole Porter 1
1990 Nymph Errant Cole Porter 1
1990 Kiss Me, Kate (1989 London studio cast) Cole Porter 1
1990 Silk Stockings (1957 film cast) Cole Porter 1
1991 The Pirate (1948 film cast) Cole Porter 1
1992 Out of This World (1950 original Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
1992 Can-Can (1953 original Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
1994 The Musicals Collection: Kiss Me, Kate Cole Porter 1
1995 Anything Goes (1989 London Cast) Cole Porter 1
1995 Kiss Me Kate (1987 Royal Shakespeare Company cast) Cole Porter 2
1996 Out of This World (1995 New York concert cast) Cole Porter 1
1996 Kiss Me, Kate (1953 film cast) Cole Porter 1
1999 Evil Under the Sun Cole Porter 1
1999 High Society (1998 original Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
2000 Kiss Me, Kate (1999 Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
2000 High Society / Can-Can / Pal Joey (1956/1960/1957 film casts) Cole Porter / Rodgers & Hart 1
2001 You Never Know (2001 Studio Cast) Cole Porter 1
2003 Can-Can (1960 musical film) Cole Porter 1
2003 Anything Goes (2003 London cast) Cole Porter 1
2011 Anything Goes (2011 Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
A Swell Party (1991 original London cast) Cole Porter 1
Anything Goes (1962 off-Broadway cast) Cole Porter 1
Can-Can: Act 1 (2004 Encores! cast) Cole Porter 1
Fifty Million Frenchmen Cole Porter 1
Something for the Boys (1997 San Francisco cast) Cole Porter 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 From This Moment On (disc 2) Cole Porter 1
2004 Cole Porter Songbook Cole Porter 1

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