On This Day

Cole Porter

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter

Profession: Composer and Lyricist

United States of America

Why Famous: Porter is best known as a composer and songwriter for Broadway and in films, with his musical 'Kiss Me, Kate' winning the very first Tony Award for Best Musical.

He was notable for writing music and lyrics together, whereas most musicals had separate composers and songwriters.

Other famous musicals include 'Anything Goes,' 'Can-Can,' and 'Silk Stockings.'

Across these works, and those in film, Porter had numerous hit songs; 'I've Got You Under My Skin,' 'Night and Day,' etc.

Born: June 9, 1891
Birthplace: Peru, Indiana, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: October 15, 1964 (aged 73)

Married Life

  • 1919-12-19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

Historical Events

  • 1928-10-08 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 195 performances
  • 1929-12-30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances
  • 1930-12-08 Cole Porter's musical "The New Yorkers" opens at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances
  • 1932-11-29 Cole Porter's musical "Gay Divorcee" opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, later transferred to the Schubert Theater; runs for 248 performances
  • 1934-11-21 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC, later transferred to 46th Street Theatre; runs for 420 performances
  • 1935-10-12 Cole Porter's musical "Jubilee" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 167 performances
  • 1935-11-16 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 420 performances
  • 1939-12-06 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry Was A Lady" opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances
  • 1940-10-30 Cole Porter's musical "Panama Hattie" opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 501 performances
  • 1941-10-29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs 547 performances
  • 1948-12-30 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate" opens at the New Century Theatre, NYC, later transferred to Sam S. Shubert Theatre; runs for 1077 performances
  • 1950-12-21 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC; runs for 157 performances
  • 1951-07-28 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate", an adaptation of Shakespeare's " The Taming of the Shrew", closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances
  • 1953-05-07 Cole Porter's musical "Can-Can" opens at the Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 892 performances
  • 1955-02-24 Cole Porter's musical "Silk Stockings" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances
  • 1956-07-17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter
  • 1989-09-01 Revival of Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 804 performances
  • 1990-06-09 Red Hot Organization releases music album "Red Hot + Blue" featuring contemporary pop stars (including U2; Annie Lennox; Thompson Twins; Sinéad O'Connor; Tom Waits) performing songs of Cole Porter to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV