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 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]

In popular culture[edit]

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 Jazz
Length 2:03
Label
Writer(s) Cole Porter
Tony Bennett singles chronology
  • "Anything Goes"
  • (2014)
Lady Gaga singles chronology
  • "Anything Goes"
  • (2014)

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]

Bennett had initially covered "Anything Goes" for his seventh studio album, Strike Up the Band (1959) and Gaga first came to know of it when she was 13 years old. Gaga thought that "Anything Goes" was a funny track with a "real sexy, powerful vibe to it, and it's just because we're having fun singing it."[7] The version on Cheek to Cheek finds Gaga and Bennett swapping the lyrics between themselves, and was described by Bobby Olivier, from The Star-Ledger, as "smooth as silk". The syllables are pronounced strongly by Gaga in syncopation while her vibrato complimented Bennett's characteristic jazz vocals and swing. Olivier added, "Gaga's voice, when stripped of its bells and whistles, showcases a timelessness that lends itself well to the genre."[8] Instrumentation for the song comes from horns, cymbals and saxophones.[9]

References[edit]

  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. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Patrick (July 28, 2014). "It's a world gone mad as Gaga, Bennett duet on 'Goes'". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Olivier, Bobby (July 29, 2014). "Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett record 'Cheek to Cheek' jazz classics album". The Star-Ledger (Richard Vezza). Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ Daw, Robbie (2014-07-29). "Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga's 'Anything Goes': Listen To The 'Cheek To Cheek' Duet". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 

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