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The Essential Collection

Cole Porter

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This is a delightful 25-song anthology of vintage (1928-1941) recordings of obscure but equally arch Porter songs. Performers include Ethel Waters, the Dorsey Brothers, the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and others. ~ Mark A. Humphrey, Rovi

Biography

Born: 09 June 1891 in Peru, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

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...
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