We’ll have a special cover contest today: all Cole Porter, probably ten songs in all. Born in Peru, Indiana, to a fairly well-to-do family, he studied at Yale, where he majored in extra-curricular activities. Although gay, he married a woman even richer than he was. Oh, the life of the smart set in the twenties and thirties in Paris, Venice and other exotic locales! He had engraved on his cigarette lighters, “Stolen from Cole Porter.” A paragon of the American show tune, his songs are known for their nonchalant sophistication. They're love songs, but in most cases, unromantic ones. While blatantly hedonistic on one side, there is also a tender side to Porter’s songwriting (although, granted, both euphoria and heartache tend to be understated in his work). Poetry has long since become intellectualized, encroaching at times on the realm of philosophy. Porter’s lyrics are catchy and clever but, as Ira Gershwin put it, “any resemblance to actual poetry, living or dead, is highly improbable.”
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Mary Ellen and Tania team up to tie Steve to win the cover contest. Dandy in third.
1. What's the tune and who is playing it?
a) "I Get a Kick out of You"
b) Charlie Parker
2. Who duets on "Well, Did You Evah?"
a) Frank Sinatra
b) Bing Crosby
3. "Ev'ry Time We Say Good-bye" Who is singing and what band did she front back in the nineties?
a) Annie Lennox
b) The Eurhythmics
4. Who is singing "Get Out of Town"? - Caetano Veloso
5. What is the tune that Shorty Rogers and the band are playing? - It's De-Lovely
6. Who is singing "Always True to You in my Fashion"? - Blossom Dearie
7. Who is dueting on "Well, Did You Evah" this time around?
a) Deborah Harry
b) Iggy Pop
8. Who is singing "Too Darn Hot"? - Ella Fitzgerald
9. What's the tune and who is playing it?
a) Begin the Beguine
b) Charlie Parker
10. Who is singing "So in Love"? - k.d. lang
1. Joel Frahm & Brad Mehldau - Away from Home
2. Lauryn Hill - Can't Take my Eyes off of You
3. Ted Nash - Dreamsville
4. Charlie Parker - I Get a Kick out of You
5. Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi (radio edit)
6. Ensemble Ambrosius - Zoot Allures
7. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby - Well, Did You Evah?
8. DJ Food - Well Swung
9. Annie Lennox - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
10. Lester Young - She's Funny That Way
11. Clifford Brown - Yesterdays
12. Caetano Veloso - Get Out of Town
13. Marcus Roberts - Maple Leaf Rag
14. Shorty Rogers - It's De-Lovely
15. Oscar Peterson & Sonny Stitt - I Can't Give You Anything but Love
16. Esperanza Spalding - Precious
17. Blossom Dearie - Always True to You in my Fashion
18. Rubén Blades - Jiri son bali
19. Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop - Well, Did You Evah?
20. Wes Montgomery - Delirium
21. Tabu Ley Rochereau - Aon Aon
22. Ella Fitzgerald - Too Darn Hot
23. Jr. Walker & the All Stars - Shake and Fingerpop
24. Duke Ellington - Blue Serge
25. Charlie Parker - Begin the Beguine
26. Dinah Washington & Brook Benton - Baby, You've Got What it Takes
27. k.d. lang - So in Love
28. Clifford Brown - Easy Living
29. John Patitucci - Go Down, Moses