Cole Porter

Cole Porter TLS regarding MGM's "The Cole Porter Cavalcade"

2pp TLS on watermarked cream stationery signed by American songwriter and composer Cole Porter (1891-1964) as "Cole" on bottom, and with typed signature "From: Cole Porter" at upper left. Handwritten "File" in upper left corner. In near fine condition, with expected paper folds. Isolated minor wear to corners and edges. Page measures 7.25" x 10.75".

Cole Porter wrote New York theater producer Cy Feuer (1911-2006) from his home in Los Angeles on September 19, 1953. He enclosed "the list of tunes which Metro intends to use for my Cavalcade picture". The "Cavalcade picture" referred to Metro Goldwyn Meyer's upcoming musical biopic The Cole Porter Cavalcade. Musical comedy duo Betty Comden (1917-2006) and Adolph Green (1915-2002) eventually wrote its script.

Porter's list, which reads like a resume, featured fifteen of his greatest Broadway sensations:

"List

What is This Thing Called Love

Night and Day

I Get a Kick Out of You

Begin the Beguine

Ridin' High

My Heart Belongs to Daddy

Friendship

Don't Fence Me In

Blow, Gabriel, Blow

Why Shouldn’t I?

You do Something to Me

Let's Do It

Katy Went to Haiti

De Lovely

Just One of Those Things"

As this list demonstrates, Porter's musical output was prolific during the late 1920s and 1930s. He averaged between one to three smashes almost every year between 1928 and 1939, some hits appearing in the same musical.

In chronological order, these featured songs were: "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" (1928); "What is This Thing Called Love" (1929); "You do Something to Me" (1931); "Night and Day" (1932); "I Get a Kick Out of You" (1934); "Don't Fence Me In" (1934); "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" (1934); "Begin the Beguine" (1935); "Why Shouldn’t I?" (1935); "Just One of Those Things" (1935); "Ridin' High" (1936); "It's De-Lovely" (1936); "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" (1938);  "Katy Went to Haiti" (1939); and "Friendship" (1939).

Cole Porter was a classically trained musician who composed music and lyrics for Broadway and Hollywood alike. His Broadway career peaked in the 1930s, with the aberration of Kiss Me, Kate in 1948, but Porter continued composing movie scores well into the late 1950s.

Cy Feuer and his partner Ernest H. Martin (1919-1995) were theatrical producers. Their biggest successes were Guys and Dolls (1950) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961).

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