The Broadway genius of the New Deal was Cole Porter, educated at Yale and
Harvard, the first New York songwriter who was not afraid to talk about
sex, as he proved in Paris (1928) with Let's Do It
Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), with You've Got That Thing
and You Do Something to Me
and The Gay Divorcee (1932), with Night and Day.
His talent was displayed in songs such as An Old Fashioned Garden (1919),
I'm In Love Again (1924),
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1929) and
Love for Sale (1930), that appeared in other Broadway or Hollywood
His melodic art reached its zenith with Anything Goes (1934), that
boasted I Get A Kick Out Of You, You're The Top,
All Through the Night, Anything Goes, Blow Gabriel Blow.
It was followed by
Jubilee (1935), with Begin the Beguine,
Red Hot and Blue (1936), with Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor and Delovely,
Leave It To Me (1938),
DuBarry Was A Lady (1939), with Did You Ever, Friendship and But In The Morning No,
Panama Hattie (1940), with Let's Be Buddies,
Let's Face It (1941), with You Irritate Me So,
Something For the Boys (1943), with Hey Good Lookin',
Mexican Hayride (1944), with Count Your Blessings,
and assorted songs such as I've Got You Under My Skin (1936),
In The Still of the Night (1937),
My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1938),
I Love You (1944), Don't Fence Me In (1944),
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1944),
From This Moment On (1950).
His greatest triumph came with the "backstage" musical Kiss Me Kate (1948), based on William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, that included Always True to You in my Fashion, Wunderbar, So In Love With You Am I, Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
The quality of his music remained consistently high throughout
Can-Can (1953), with
I Love Paris, It's All Right With Me and C'est Magnifique,
Silk Stockings (1955), a musical adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch's film Ninotchka.
The jazzy soundtrack for Charles Walters' film High Society (1956),
an adaptation of Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story (1939)
featuring Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby,
contained True Love, High Society Calypso,
You're Sensational, Now You Has Jazz, Well Did You Evah.
The less ambitious soundtrack for George Cukor's film
Les Girls (1957) contains Ca C'est l'Amour.
His career ended when his legs had to be amputated.
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