I’ve been talking about composer, lyricist, and performer Cole Porter a lot the last couple of days, and coincidentally, today is his birthday: he was born this day in 1891. He wrote several hundred songs and 24 musicals and scored ten films in his career, most of which were done in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Many, if not most of his songs are considered standards. Ella Fitzgerald recorded the double album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book in 1956, and similar collections have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London, and Stephane Grappelli and Yo-Yo Ma. "You’re The Top" was written for his 1934 show Anything Goes.
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This is a great song. I’m glad you mentioned it on my blog last week. I love it sung in “What’s Up, Doc?”
It not only mentions the Mona Lisa, it also mentions Whistler’s Mother…
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