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Cole Porter

2012 legend Award


"It is my belief that Cole Porter would have been thrilled to be honored in his native state by being inducted into the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. On behalf of my family, I sincerely thank you." - Margaret Cole Russell


Composer/lyricist Cole Porter's decades-long string of Broadway successes began with the 1928 hit, "Paris," and the introduction of "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love.)" He followed with numerous musicals and films including Fifty Million Frenchmen, The New Yorkers, The Gay Divorce, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Born to Dance, Rosalie, and High Society.


Porter's productions introduced songs that were musically complex with witty, urbane lyrics that audiences loved. Songs such as "You Do Something to Me," "Love for Sale," "Night and Day," "Anything Goes," "In the Still of the Night," "Begin the Beguine," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," and "I Get a Kick Out of You" remain popular standards today and have been recorded by well-known artists from around the globe including Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, U2, Artie Shaw, Elvis Presley, Django Reinhardt, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum, Cesare Siepi, Sophie Milman, Joan Jett, Alanis Morrissette, and Michael Feinstein.