Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana.
His works include the musical comedies Kiss Me, Kate (1948) (based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew), Fifty Million Frenchmen and Anything Goes, as well as songs like "Night and Day," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." He was noted for his sophisticated (sometimes ribald) lyrics, clever rhymes, and complex forms. He was one of the greatest half-dozen contributors to the Great American Songbook.
Porter was born in Peru, Indiana, to a wealthy Episcopalian family ;
his maternal grandfather, James Omar "J.O." Cole, was a coal and timber speculator who dominated his daughter's family. His mother started Porter in musical training at an early age; he learned the violin at age six, the piano at eight, and he wrote his first operetta (with help from his mother) at 10. Porter's mother, Kate, recognized and supported her son's talents....
Track listing: PreludeI Get a Kick Out of YouThere's No Cure Like Travel / Bon VoyageYou're the TopEasy to LoveI Want to Row on the Crew / Sailor's ChanteyFriendshipIt's De-LovelyAnything GoesEntr' ActePublic Enemy Number OneBlow, Gabriel, BlowGoodbye, Little Dream, GoodbyeBe Like the BluebirdAll Through the NightThe Gypsy in MeBuddie, BewareI Get a Kick Out of You / Anything Goes (reprises) http://www.coleporter.org/
Track listing: OvertureAnother Op'nin', Another ShowWhy Can't You Behave?WunderbarSo in LoveWe Open in VeniceTom, Dick or HarryI've Come to Wive It Wealthily in PaduaI Hate MenWere Thine That Special FaceToo Darn HotWhere Is the Life That Late I Led?Always True to You (In My Fashion)BiancaSo in Love (reprise)Brush Up Your ShakespeareI Am Ashamed That Women Are So SimpleFinale: Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate Overture http://www.coleporter.org/