Born: June 9, 1891 Peru, Indiana
Died: October 15, 1964 Santa Monica, California
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.
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