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Cole Porter

DESCRIPTION: Cole Porter was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana, USA


ACTIVITY PERIOD: 1909 - 1958

MUSIC GENRE: Showtunes, Traditional Pop, Jazz


PUBLISHING COMPANIES (Current & Past): Capitol Records, RCA Victor, Columbia Masterworks, Decca, MGM Records



COLE PORTER(1891-1964) - Born in Indiana into a wealthy family, he took an early interest in music and began writing songs at school. He received an Ivy League education, studying at Yale and Harvard, and enjoyed great popularity at both institutions. Despite his parents wanting him to pursue law, he was drawn to the stage. The failure of his first Broadway musical See America First in 1916 led him to leave for Paris, and he remained absent for two years. It was from this time away that the gregarious Porter later regaled friends with a story of service in the French Foreign Legion, although the tale is not regarded as entirely beyond the bounds of creativity. On his return to America he married divorcee Linda Thomas, and in the early 1920s the pair returned to Paris where he studied music. While some commentators consider the marriage one of convenience, others believe it a union of commumated love. From the mid 1920s onwards Porter enjoyed a series of Broadway successes, though it was his 1927 musical Paris with the cheeky classic Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love, that guaranteed his fame. After that a torrent of witty, quirky, ironic, whimsical and sometimes poignant songs spouted from his pen. The Gay Divorcee (1932) yielded the ever-yearning Night And Day. His 1934 Broadway hit Anything Goes featured the title song as well as I Get A Kick Out Of You and You're The Top, while the following year Jubilee included Just One Of Those Things, and Begin The Beguine. The hits just kept coming in the mid 1930s, with I've Got You Under My Skin and the mood masterpiece In The Still Of The Night. In 1937, however, Porter suffered a setback, severely injured in a horse-riding accident. While much of the 1940s proved a less productive time for him, he made a stunning comeback with the hit musical Kiss Me Kate (1949), followed by the Fifties hits Can Can, Silk Stockings, and High Society. He endured failing health in his later years, and died a recluse, a sad irony.

By Larry Buttrose


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