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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Cole Porter

Cole Porter

Born: June 9, 1891 Peru, Indiana

Died: October 15, 1964 Santa Monica, California

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(p.112) Cole Porter
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0006

This chapter looks at the work of Cole Porter. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Porter was born on the banks of the Wabash. His maternal grandfather, J. O. Cole, was a hard-headed merchant who struck it rich in the California Gold Rush of 1848 and returned home to become one of the richest men in Indiana. By his fourteenth birthday Porter was at boarding school in Massachusetts, and in 1909 he entered Yale. He majored, apparently, in writing football songs—Bulldog is still sung—and varsity shows. His first professionally published song was Bridget, in 1910.

Keywords:   Cole Porter, Yale, Broadway musicals, football songs, show tunes, Bulldogs, varsity shows, Bridget

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