Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
practically everything. From 'I Get a Kick Out of You', this famously contains a line about cocaine which was changed by many artists, but was sang with true style by the incomparable Ella.
sweet lips to kiss me goodnight. From 'From This Moment On' in 1951, the show was 'Out of this World'.
leave the shore. 'Will I worship you forever, isn't heaven forevermore', From the show 'Dubarry was a Lady'. Ella Fitzgerald sang this song beautifully.
cottonwood trees. 'Send me off forever, but I ask you please, don't fence me in'. From 'Don't Fence Me In', which appeared in the film 'Hollywood Canteen' in 1944.
an orchestra. 'And even the palms seem to be swaying'. From 'Begin the Beguine', a 1935 classic.
Furs. From the film 'High Society', in 1956, and was famously performed by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
|From the classic 'Night and Day' - 'There's and oh such a hungry, yearning, burning...........'?||Cole Porter Lyrics II
Inside of Me. Featured in the film 'The Gay Divorcee' with Rogers and Astaire. Performed by Fred in the film. The definitive Cole Porter song for me and the one that got me hooked.
|From 'Miss Otis Regrets' - 'She is sorry to be delayed, but last evening down in............she strayed'?||Cole Porter Lyrics II
Lover's Lane. I've only ever heard this sung by Ella Fitzgerald and it's always struck me as very tragic, but slightly tongue in cheek. She does it justice. It really shows Porter's talents as a lyricist.
|From 'I've Got You Under my Skin' - 'But each time I do, just the thought of you..........'?||Cole Porter Lyrics II
Makes me stop before I begin. From 1936 and featured in the film 'Born to Win'. A bit of a fave of mine. This has been performed by many including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Lies in slumber. From the film 'Rosalie' in 1937.
Judy Garland. Louis Armstrong also appeared in the film.
Sam and Bella Spewack. They originally approached him with the idea, but Cole was unsure about making a Shakespearean musical. After reading the original play (Taming of the Shrew), he decided it was feasible and signed on to the project.
The Waldorf-Astoria. You can still see his piano there today in the main lobby.
Cary Grant. "Night and Day" (1946). When asked why Grant was portraying him instead of someone more reasonable like Fred Astaire, Cole said, "If given the chance to have Cary Grant play you, wouldn't you take it?"
You're The Top. This song reads like a consumer's checklist of 1930s desirables. Moving from the sublime (the eyes of Irene Bordoni) to the ridiculous (cellophane), it uses a wide range of imagery to convey its meaning.
Aladdin. The work remained unfinished and was intended for television.
Irving Berlin. Praising him for his simplicity, Cole regarded Berlin as the consummate songwriter.
Linda. Although he was a homosexual, Cole and Linda stayed married until her death.
Love For Sale. It seemed to refer to prostitution, a subject that 1930s censors frowned upon.
Paris and Venice. Interestingly enough, Cole brought the first speedboats to Venice's canals.
Anything Goes. The show featured Ethel Merman in the lead female role. Porter described her as the songwriter's ideal singer because of her rather loud style that guaranteed all of the lyrics were heard.
Yale. While at Yale, he wrote numerous songs that would become the football team's fight songs, including "Bingo, Eli Yale" and "Bulldog."
Indiana. The actual town was Peru, Indiana, where he was born into a rather privileged family before moving East to Worcester Academy for Boarding School.
Things from Cartier. The lyrics actually go "During Christmas holidays/I develop taking ways/And I'm not at all anti/Pretty things Santy/Brings from Cartier's." This is from...have a guess..."Anything Goes", my all- time favourite Porter show!
Hooray!. From the song "Always True to you, Darling" from the musical "Kiss Me Kate", which is a musical retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew".
"Can I believe that's what you mean?". This is from the song "There's No Cure Like Travel" from the musical "Anything Goes". One of the sailors is singing with his girlfriend, but he later adds he's "just wild about you, honey". She storms off anyway.