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A Pint of Porter

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June 9, 2004

A celebration of Cole Porter on the occasion of his 113th birthday; he was born on June 9th, 1891.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Flu Song Give Us a Break Proctor and Bergman It's Phil Time for the Shot in the Arm immunization drive.
Let's Misbehave Nipper's Greatest Hits Irving Aaronson and His Commanders Recorded in 1928, this was originally written for (and then dropped from) Paris, which ran for 195 performances at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in 1928. The story line involves a favorite theme of Porter's: wealthy Americans stumbling around Paris making fools of themselves. Aaronson and his band were hot stuff in the 1920s and 1930s, by the way. One of their hits, "All By Ourselves in the Moonlight" was neatly lampooned by Roger Ruskin Spear on his album Electric Shocks.
Night and Day American Musical Theatre, V. 1 Fred Astaire From Gay Divorce (1932), later filmed as The Gay Divorcee (1934). The title change was due to Hollywood censors, who found the original too suggestive. The show starred Astaire and Clare Luce, with the Erik Rhodes and Eric Blore in key supporting comic roles. The film version dropped Luce for Ginger Rogers but wisely retained Rhodes and Blore. Astaire recorded this in 1932.
I Get a Kick Out of You American Musical Theatre, V. 2 Ethel Merman From Anything Goes (1934). This recording even includes the often-censored lyric "I get no kick from cocaine / I'm sure that if / I took even one sniff / It would bore me terrifically too."
My Heart Belongs to Daddy American Musical Theatre, V. 2 Mary Martin From Leave it to Me! (1938), which had fun at the expense of Communism and U.S. diplomacy. The show was Martin's Broadway debut, as a slinky temptress who does a coy striptease during the song - clearly a long way from her best-known role of Maria in The Sound of Music!
You Do Something to Me Marlene Dietrich: Falling in Love Again (1998) Marlene Dietrich, Victor Young and His Orchestra Recorded in 1939, the song is from Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), another show about the clash between American and French culture.
Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye Let's Face the Music and Dance (1994) Fred Astaire From the forgettable 1941 film You'll Never Get Rich, in which Astaire co-starred with Rita Hayworth.
Sterophonic Sound Steppin' Out: Fred Astaire at MGM (1993) Fred Astaire, Janis Paige From the 1957 film version of Silk Stockings. The original opened on February 24th, 1955, and ran for 478 performances at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. It starred Don Ameche and Hildegarde Neff. The show is based on the classic 1939 comedy Ninotchka, which starred Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas.
Can Can Steve Ross and Cole Porter: Close (1996) Steve Ross From the 1953 show Can Can, this is a classic example of Porter's witty lyrics.

Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.

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