Anything Goes (Cole Porter song)

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This article is about the Cole Porter song. For other songs with the same title, see Anything Goes (disambiguation).

"Anything Goes" is a popular song written by Cole Porter for his musical Anything Goes (1934). Many of the lyrics feature humorous (but dated)[1] references to various figures of scandal and gossip in Depression-era high society. For example, one couplet refers to Sam Goldwyn's notorious box-office failure Nana, which featured a star, Anna Sten, whose English was said to be incomprehensible to all except Goldwyn, who came from the same part of Europe (though, in fact, Goldwyn was from Poland and Sten Ukraine).[2] Other 1930s society references include film producer Max Gordon, socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean and her highly promoted trip to the Russian SFSR, interior design pioneer Lady Mendl's scandalous predilection for performing hand stands and cartwheels in public at the age of 70, and the financial woes common to "old money" families during the Depression, such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Whitneys. Most modern versions omit these lyrics, replacing them instead with generic examples of social upheaval.[3]

Notable recordings[edit]

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga version[edit]

"Anything Goes"
Single by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
from the album Cheek to Cheek
Released July 29, 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Swing, jazz, pop
Length 2:03
Label Streamline, Interscope, Columbia
Writer(s) Cole Porter
Tony Bennett singles chronology
"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
"Anything Goes"
Lady Gaga singles chronology
"Anything Goes"

American singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released their version of "Anything Goes" as the lead single from their upcoming collaborative jazz album Cheek to Cheek (2014). It premiered on July 29, 2014 along with an accompanying behind-the-scenes video released on Gaga's Vevo channel, featuring clips of the recording and performing of the song in New York City.[5] It was also made available for digital download through the iTunes Store the same day.[6]


  1. ^ website with original lyrics
  2. ^ G.D. Black, Hollywood Censored, p. 204
  3. ^ see e.g.1987 Broadway revival version, sung by Patti LuPone
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 111. 
  5. ^ Strecker, Erin (July 29, 2014). "It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anything Goes – Single by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga". US: iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 

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