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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter!

On this day in 1891, one of America's greatest popular composers, Cole Porter, was born in Indiana. Porter's first song, "The Bobolink Waltz," was published when he was ten years old!

Here's a video of Porter singing "You're the Top," from the musical, Anything Goes, and which is now a classic. It's been played, sung, or danced to, hundreds of times since 1934.



A few other interpretations of the song:

1936



1956



1987



Many of the "top" people, places, and things, referenced in the song, are no longer part of the popular culture. Wikipedia has an article on the song that lists the items and provides links for more information.

An interesting DVD in our collection is Great American Songbook [DVD 781.63 GRE], which covers great American songwriters of the 1930-1950 period such as Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and Irving Berlin.











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