MUSIC MONDAY Biography of Cole Porter with videos of some of his best songs

Biography of Cole Porter with videos of some of his best songs Part 3

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So In Love – Rachel York

Uploaded on Jan 28, 2007

Rachel York sings Cole Porter’s song “So In Love” at the musical Kiss Me Kate.

Lena Horne – At Long Last Love [Composed by Cole Porter]

Uploaded on Sep 22, 2009

Lena Horne performs a Cole Porter song in her own inimitable style

Jo Stafford – I Love You 1944 Cole Porter Songs

Published on Oct 18, 2012

Jo Stafford – I Love You 1944 Words & Music By Cole Porter “I Love You” is a song written by Cole Porter in 1944 for his stage musical Mexican Hayride.

“I get a kick out of you” Louis Armstrong

Uploaded on Jan 19, 2012

“I get a kick out of you” Cole Porter

Al Bowlly Ray Noble – I’ve Got You Under My Skin 1936 Cole Porter

Uploaded on May 28, 2011

September 25, 1936 – Victor Records 25422
Albert Allick “Al” Bowlly (7 January 1898 — 17 April 1941) was a popular Jazz guitarist, singer, and crooner in the United Kingdom and later in the United States of America during the 1930s, making more than 1,000 recordings between 1927 and 1941. Bowlly showcased a diverse range of material unsurpassed by any contemporary other than perhaps Bing Crosby. He was also a truly international recording artist. He was killed by the explosion of a parachute mine outside his flat in Duke’s Court, 32 Duke Street, St James, London during the Blitz.

In the still of the night – De Lovely

Uploaded on Mar 25, 2010

by Cole Porter.

In the still of the night
As I gaze from my window
At the moon in its flight
My thoughts all stray to you

In the still of the night
All the world is in slumber
All the times without number
Darling when I say to you

Do you love me, as I love you
Are you my life to be, my dream come true
Or will this dream of mine fade out of sight
Like the moon growing dim, on the rim of the hill
In the chill, still, of the night

Like the moon growing dim, on the rim of the hill
In the chill, still, of the night

BIOGRAPHY

Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana on June 9, 1891. As a boy he took lessons in piano and violin, and began writing songs while in prep school. He attended Yale College (Class of 1913), where he composed fight songs that are still used today. After graduating, he went on to Harvard Law School, but he had little interest in law and soon began studying music instead. Porter would later complete his musical education at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

Porter’s first Broadway show, See America First, was staged in 1916, and over the ensuing decade he wrote several more shows, but did not have his first big hit until 1929, with Fifty Million Frenchmen. From then on he was one of Broadway’s most popular composers; his subsequent credits included Gay Divorce, Anything Goes, Panama Hattie, and Kiss Me, Kate. He composed numerous songs that became standards, including “Let’s Do It,” “What Is This Thing Called Love?,” “Night and Day,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Just One of Those Things,” ” Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” “Don’t Fence Me In,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” In an era when most composers of popular songs worked with lyricists, Porter distinguished himself by writing his own verses, which were notable for their wit and sophistication.

Unlike contemporaries such as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, who grew up in the poor immigrant neighborhoods of New York, Porter was born into a prosperous Midwestern family, and he married a wealthy divorcée, Linda Lee Thomas. Eventually he also earned a large income from his songs. Porter was thus able to live the life of high society, enjoying frequent trips to Europe and countless parties with celebrities and aristocrats. In 1937, however, Porter’s life took a tragic turn when both of his legs were crushed by a horse, leaving him unable to walk and in chronic pain. Cole Porter died in Santa Monica, California on October 15, 1964 at the age of 73.

– Biography Source: MSS 82, The Cole Porter Collection in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University.

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