Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released 1956
Recorded February 7–9 & March 27, 1956
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 118:27
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Sweet and Hot
(1955)
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
(1956)
Ella and Louis
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook is a 1956 studio album by American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by a studio orchestra conducted and arranged by Buddy Bregman, focusing on the songs of Cole Porter.

This was Fitzgerald's first album for the newly created Verve Records. Fitzgerald's time on the Verve label would see her produce her most highly acclaimed recordings, at the peak of her vocal powers. This album inaugurated Fitzgerald's Songbook series, each of the eight albums in the series focusing on a different composer of the canon known as the Great American Songbook. Fitzgerald's manager, (and the producer of many of her albums), Norman Granz, visited Cole Porter at the Waldolf-Astoria, and played him this entire album. Afterwards, Porter merely remarked, "My, what marvellous diction that girl has".[2]

This album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance."[3] In 2003, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Track listing[edit]

For the 1956 Verve 2 LP album, Verve MG V-4001-2

Side One:

  1. "All Through the Night" – 3:15
  2. "Anything Goes" – 3:21
  3. "Miss Otis Regrets" – 3:00
  4. "Too Darn Hot" – 3:47
  5. "In the Still of the Night" – 2:38
  6. "I Get a Kick Out of You" – 4:00
  7. "Do I Love You?" – 3:50
  8. "Always True to You in My Fashion" – 2:48

Side Two:

  1. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" – 3:32
  2. "Just One of Those Things" – 3:30
  3. "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" – 3:32
  4. "All of You" – 1:43
  5. "Begin the Beguine" – 3:37
  6. "Get Out of Town" – 3:22
  7. "I Am in Love" – 4:06
  8. "From This Moment On" – 3:17

Side Three:

  1. "I Love Paris" – 4:57
  2. "You Do Something To Me" – 2:21
  3. "Ridin' High" – 3:20
  4. "You'd Be So Easy to Love" – 3:24
  5. "It's All Right With Me" – 3:07
  6. "Why Can't You Behave?" – 5:04
  7. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" – 2:02
  8. "You're the Top" – 3:33

Side Four:

  1. "Love for Sale" – 5:52
  2. "It's De-Lovely" – 2:42
  3. "Night and Day" – 3:04
  4. "Ace in the Hole" – 1:58
  5. "So in Love" – 3:50
  6. "I've Got You Under My Skin" – 2:42
  7. "I Concentrate on You" – 3:11
  8. "Don't Fence Me In" – 3:19 (lyrics cowritten by Robert Fletcher)

Bonus Tracks; Issued on disc two of the 1997 Verve 2CD Reissue, Verve 314-537257

  1. "You're the Top" (Alternative take) – 2:08
  2. "I Concentrate on You" (Alternative take) – 3:00
  3. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" (Alternative take) – 5:25

All songs written entirely by Cole Porter, unless otherwise noted.

Personnel[edit]

Recorded February 7–9 & March 27, 1956 in Hollywood, Los Angeles:

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Ella Fitzgerald: 1917-1996" by Stuart Nicholson. ISBN 0-575-40032-3 (page 159)
  3. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame Database

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