cole-porter-1945-1He was a genius. That’s easy to say ’bout someone who wrote 300 songs in the beginning of his career, songs, no one remembers today:

From “Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter”, “Which?”

For Cole Porter it was just fun, big fun to write a song ev’ry day. Maybe he was always “So In Love”?

Kenny Dorham (tp) Harold Land (ts) Amos Trice (p) Clarence Jones (b) Joe Peters (d) – NYC, July 8, 1960

I don’t know, ’cause I haven’t met the man. — Cole Porter fell off a horse in 1937, and the horse fell on his legs, and from this moment on he painfully said goodbye ev’ry time ’till the day came when he had to say it for real: October 15, 1964.


Jeri Southern meets Cole Porter - frontThe world lost a musical genius on this very day; and the world was brutal to the man, to the ever so elegant, the witty, the sparkling, the sarcastic, the adventurous Mr. Cole Porter, to Mr. Great American Songbook, I’d rather say, or Mr. Jazz Age, Mr. … “What Is This Thing Called Love?”

Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, NYC, September 27, 1938:

Hey, Mr. Porter – wherever you are at the moment – I just wanna thank your for the wonderful music you gave to this unworthy world, the beautiful music & inspiring lyrics you gave to us.

You’re certainly not “Ev’rything I Love” (I’m more into chicks, ya know) 😉 …anyway, here it comes, one of the most beautiful songs you ever wrote: “Ev’rything I Love”.

Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Ray Eberle sings it on November 3, 1941:

Bill Evans (p) Chuck Israels (b) Paul Motian (d) – June 5, 1962:

— And now, we say goodbye, and that a lot of times ’till the day’ll come when we have to say it for real.

Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye – Maxine Sullivan & Teddy Wilson, 1945 & Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye – Peggy Mann & Benny Goodman (cl) Red Norvo (vib) Teddy Wilson (p) Sid Weiss (b) Morey Feld (d) – 1945.

John Coltrane (ss) McCoy Tyner (p) Steve Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d) – NYC, October 26, 1960:

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