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Cole Porter

Composer

“I am the most enthusiastic person in the world. I like everything as long as it's different.”

 

Biography

Many arguments could be generated over whether Cole Porter or Irving Berlin should be considered America’s greatest tunesmith. Both wrote music and lyrics; it’s clearly a pick ‘em situation. Porter had violin and piano lessons as a child, pursued undergraduate studies at Yale (where he penned fight songs that endure to this day such as “Bulldog”), and studied law and music at Harvard, all courtesy of a rich grandfather. His grandfather was appalled Porter would consider music as a career and never forgave him. Porter was in the French army during World War I, and spent the ’20s in Paris as the husband of a wealthy woman. He began scoring hits in that decade, though "I’m in Love Again," didn’t click until 1929, though Porter wrote it in 1924. The list of Porter shows and films is immense; his lyrics were literate, sophisticated, yet could be charming, suggestive, even naughty. His first show was Paris in 1928; it included “Let’s Do It.” That was followed by Frenchmen in 1929 containing… read more

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