Duration: 1st June – 30th June
Number of books: 10
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
Cole Albert Porter was born on June 9, 1891. An American composer and songwriter born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920’s, and by the 1930’s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music, for his songs.
Here are 10 of Cole Porter’s most popular and well-known songs. Choose 7 and complete a task for each those songs.
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1. Begin the Beguine was composed between Kalabahi Indonesia and Fiji during a 1935 Pacific cruise aboard the ocean liner Franconia. In October 1935, it was introduced by June Knight in the Broadway musical Jubilee at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.
♬ Read a book set in a country other than your own (tell us where it’s set and where you live)
– or – a book originally published in October (any year, but tell us which year). – Beastly: Lindy’s Diary by Alex Flinn
2. I Get a Kick out of You was first sung in the 1934 Broadway musical Anything Goes. The lyrics were first altered shortly after being written. The last verse originally included the words “I shouldn’t care for those nights in the air
that the fair Mrs. Lindbergh goes through” but after the Lindbergh kidnapping, these were changed. Then, in the 1936 movie version, alternative lyrics in the second verse were provided to replace a reference to the drug cocaine, which was not allowed by Hollywood’s Production Code of 1934.
Read a book with a word in the title that starts with K – or – read a book that includes some sort of scandal (without revealing any spoilers, tell us briefly what the scandal involved). – Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
3. I Love Paris was first published in 1953 and was introduced by Lilo in the musical Can-Can. A line in the song’s lyrics inspired the title of the 1964 movie Paris When It Sizzles.
♬ Read a book set in Paris – or – read a book with the letter Z somewhere in the title or author’s name.
4. In the Still of the Night was written for the MGM film Rosalie, sung by Nelson Eddy and published in 1937.
♬ Read a book with a word in the title containing the letters “GHT” intact
– or – read a book with an obvious night scene on the cover (show us the cover). – Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
5. It’s De-Lovely originally appeared in the 1936 musical, Red Hot and Blue and was introduced by Ethel Merman and Bob Hope. The song had fun with words that have the prefix “de,” leading to the creation of “de-lovely”: “It’s de-lightful, it’s de-licious, it’s de-lovely.”
♬ Read a book with some sort of punctuation in the title – or – read a book with an author whose LAST name begins with “DE.”
6. Love for Sale is from the 1930 musical The New Yorkers. The song is written from the viewpoint of a prostitute advertising love for sale. It was originally considered in bad taste, even scandalous. Despite the fact the song was banned from radio airplay, or perhaps because of it, it became a hit.
♬ Read a book set in New York City – or – a book that got bad reviews but that you liked. – Beastly by Alex Flinn
7. My Heart Belongs to Daddy is from the 1938 musical Leave It to Me! Dolly is stranded at a Siberian railway station wearing only a fur coat, and she performs a striptease while singing the song. Surrounded by eager Siberian men, she says that since she has met “daddy”, she will flirt with other men, but won’t “follow through”. “Daddy” is her sugar daddy, a newspaper magnate.
a book set in a generally cold climate–bonus if it’s in Siberia or Russia– – or – a book with a character who flirts with another character. – White Tiger by Kylie Chan
8. Night and Day is probably Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook and has been recorded by dozens of artists, although it was originally written for the 1932 musical Gay Divorce. This song has very unusual chord changes in the underlying harmony. One account says that Porter was inspired by an Islamic prayer when he visited Morocco. Another says he was inspired by the Moorish architecture of the Alcazar Hotel in Ohio.
Kevin Kline and John Barrowman
a book with the word “AND” in the title – or – a book that is popular, meaning it has at least 50,000 ratings (tell us how many). – Wicked by Gregory Maguire
9. True Love was published in 1956 and introduced by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the film High Society. “True Love” is the name of a yacht on which two of the characters honeymoon in the play The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical is based.
Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
a book set at least partially on a yacht or cruise ship – or – a book with a wealthy character. – Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake
10. You’re the Top is from the 1934 musical Anything Goes and is about a man and a woman who take turns complimenting each other. The lyrics are particularly notable because they offer a snapshot as to what was highly prized in the mid-1930s and demonstrate Porter’s rhyming ability.
Donald O’Connor, Bing Crosby, Mitzi Gaynor and Zizi Jeanmaire
♬ Read a book set in the 1930’s – or – a book with rhyming words in the title