Porter, Cole, 1891-1964

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1891-06-09
Death 1964-10-15
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Cole Albert Porter was born on June 9, 1891 in Peru, IN; born into wealth, he spent most of the 1920s in Europe; became composer and lyricist for the Broadway musical theatre; his hit shows included: Fifty million Frenchmen (1929), Gay divorcé (1932), Anything goes (1934), Leave it to me (1938), DuBarry was a lady (1939), Kiss me, Kate (1948) and Can-can (1953); he composed such songs as: You do something to me, Night and day, I get a kick out of you, Anything goes, I love Paris, Let's do it, Begin the beguine, and Just one of those things; he also wrote scores for Hollywood films, including Born to dance and Broadway melody of 1940; he died on Oct. 15, 1964 in Santa Monica, CA.

From the description of Foreign language grammars, 1931-1953. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39743616

Composer.

From the description of Cole Porter papers, 1943-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 462018897

Cole Porter, American songwriter, b. June 9, 1891, Peru, Ind.; d. Oct. 15, 1964, Santa Monica, Calif.

From the description of Cole Porter collection, 1912-1957. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70282105

Cole Porter, composer and songwriter. Book by Romney Brett. From the novel by James Laver.

From the description of Nymph errant: typescript: n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122414931

Cole Porter (1891-1964) was an American composer well-known for his work in musical theater.

From the guide to the Cole Porter sheet music, 1916-1956., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.)

American composer and lyricist.

From the description of The Cole Porter collection, 1901-1992 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702165142

Biographical Note

  • 1891, June 9: Born Peru, Indiana, to Kate Cole and Samuel Fenwick Porter
  • 1905 - 1909 : Attended Worcester Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1909 - 1913 : Attended Yale College
  • 1913, Nov. 26: The Pot of Gold performed at Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • 1913 - 1915 : Attended Harvard University, transferred from the Law School to the School of Music autumn 1914
  • 1916, Mar. 28: See America First opened at the Maxine Elliott Theatre, New York
  • 1917: Studied music in New York with Petro Yon
  • 1918, Apr. 20: Enlisted in the First Foreign Regiment (Foreign Legion)
  • 1919, Aug. 18: First performance of Hitchy-Koo of 1919, Atlantic City
  • 1919, Dec. 18: Married Linda Lee Thomas in Paris
  • 1920: Studied counterpoint, harmony and orchestration at the Schola Cantorum, Paris
  • 1922, Oct. 10: Hitchy-Koo of 1922 opened at the Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia
  • 1923, Oct. 25: World premiere of ballet Within the Quota, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris
  • 1928, Oct. 3: Paris opened at the Music Box Theatre, New York
  • 1929, Mar. 27: Wake Up and Dream opened at the London Pavilion
  • 1929, Nov. 27: Fifty Million Frenchmen opened at the Lyric Theatre, New York
  • 1929, Dec. 30: Wake Up and Dream opened at the Selwyn Theatre, New York
  • 1930, Dec. 8: The New Yorkers opened at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre, New York
  • 1930, Dec. 8: Gay Divorce opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
  • 1933, Oct. 6: Nymph Errant opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London
  • 1934, Nov. 21: Anything Goes opened at the Alvin Theatre, New York
  • 1935, Oct. 12: Jubilee opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York
  • 1936, Oct. 29: Red, Hot and Blue opened at the Alvin Theatre, New York
  • 1936 Nov.: Born to Dance (film) released
  • 1937, Oct. 24: Suffered crippling riding accident in which both of his legs were crushed
  • 1937 Dec.: Rosalie (film) released
  • 1938, Sept. 21: You Never Know opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York
  • 1938, Nov. 9: Leave it to Me opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York
  • 1939, Dec. 6: Du Barry Was a Lady opened at the 46th Street Theatre, New York
  • 1940 Feb.: Broadway Melody of 1940 (film) released
  • 1940, Oct. 30: Panama Hattie opened at the 46th Street Theatre, New York
  • 1941 Oct.: You'll Never Get Rich (film) released
  • 1941, Oct. 29: Let's Face It opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York
  • 1943, Jan. 7: Something for the Boys opened at the Alvin Theatre, New York
  • 1944, Jan. 28: Mexican Hayride opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York
  • 1944, Dec. 7: Seven Lively Arts opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York
  • 1946, May 31: Around the World in Eighty Days opened at the Adlephi Theatre, New York
  • 1948 June: The Pirate (film) released
  • 1948, Dec. 30: Kiss Me Kate opened at the New Century Theatre, New York
  • 1950, Dec. 21: Out of this World opened at the New Century Theatre, New York
  • 1953, May 7: Can-Can opened at the Shubert Theatre, New York
  • 1954, May 20: Linda Porter died
  • 1955, Feb. 24: Stilk Stockings opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York
  • 1956 Oct.: High Society (film) released
  • 1957 July: Silk Stockings (film) released
  • 1957 Nov.: Les Girls (film) released
  • 1958, Feb. 21: Aladdin shown on CBS-TV
  • 1958, Apr. 3: Right leg was amputated
  • 1964, Oct. 15: Died in Santa Monica, California

From the guide to the Cole Porter Collection, 1912-1957, (bulk 1948-1957), (Music Division Library of Congress)

Biographical Note

Composer.

From the guide to the Cole Porter Papers, 1943-1971, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

Biography

Cole Albert Porter was born on June 9, 1891 in Peru, Indiana; born into wealth, he spent most of the 1920s in Europe; became composer and lyricist for the Broadway musical theatre; his hit shows included: Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), Gay Divorcé (1932), Anything Goes (1934), Leave it to Me (1938), DuBarry Was a Lady (1939), Kiss Me, Kate (1948) and Can-can (1953); he composed such songs as: You Do Something to Me, Night and Day, I Get a Kick Out of You, Anything Goes, I Love Paris, Let's Do it, Begin the Beguine, and Just One of Those Things; he also wrote scores for Hollywood films, including Born to Dance and Broadway Melody of 1940 ; he died on October 15, 1964 in Santa Monica, California.

From the guide to the Cole Porter Foreign Language Grammars, 1931-1953, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Subjects:

  • Revues--Excerpts--Scores
  • Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
  • Actors--Drama
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Musicals--Excerpts, Arranged--Scores
  • Composers
  • Musicals--Librettos
  • Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Vocal scores with piano
  • Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble, Arranged--Parts
  • Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble, Arranged--Scores
  • Musical theater--United States
  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Parts
  • Musicals
  • Musicals--Scores and parts
  • Popular music
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
  • Instrumental ensemble, Arranged--Scores
  • Musical theater
  • Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
  • Authors, American--19th century--Archival resources
  • Musicians--20th century
  • Composers--United States
  • Woodwind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe), Arranged--Scores
  • Popular music--1931-1940
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Musicals--Scores
  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Instrumental ensemble music, Arranged--Scores
  • Musical sketches
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Scores
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Parts
  • Songs
  • Musicals--Vocal scores with piano
  • Musicals--Excerpts, Arranged

Occupations:

  • Composers
  • Lyricists

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