Cole Porter month has been delightful, delirious, and de-lovely. But all good things come to end, bad ones too for that matter.
We’re wrapping up Cole Porter month with seven Porter gems. Enjoy.
Our first selection was written in 1950 ending up in the film version of Kiss Me Kate. It features the vocal stylings of Francis Albert Sinatra:
You’re The Top was written in 1934 for the smash hit musical Anything Goes. Ella Fitzgerald’s version has a suitably whimsical arrangement by band leader Buddy Bregman.
Next up we have two recordings by Blossom Dearie. First, a number from Kiss Me Kate followed by a tune from the 1939 musical DuBarry Was A Lady.
Dr. A and I re-watched High Society on our anniversary. Cole Porter, of course, wrote the music including this spirited tour de force by Bing Crosby as CK Dexter Haven and Louis Armstrong as himself. No acting required.
Let’s Do It is an early Porter number dating from 1928. It’s laced with racy references and double entendres. Unsurprisingly, my favorite version is by Louis and Oscar.
What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a Jazz instrumental? This time it’s Oscar Peterson playing Why Can’t You Behave. That’s a question I ask Claire Trevor almost every day.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? I’m fond of his pal Satchmo as well.
That’s it for this week. Let’s toast the memory of Cole Porter who wrote so many great songs and brought so much joy into the world. His outfit in the picture below is clearly the cat’s pajamas.