Cole Porter - Love and Everything

"True Love" was written by Cole Porter and performed by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the 1955 film, "High Society," which also starred Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. "True Love" was the first and only gold record for Grace Kelly and was the 21st gold record for Bing Crosby. The song stayed on the charts for 22 weeks, rising as high as number 3. "True Love" was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Song in 1956, although it lost to Doris Dayís "Que Sera, Sera."

Cole Porter was a highly experienced songwriter when he wrote "True Love." The decades of the 1930ís and 1940ís were full of Cole Porter hit musicals. During the 1930ís alone, Porter wrote music and lyrics for ten Broadway musicals for New York and two film musicals for Hollywood.

Cole Porter was born in Indiana in 1891 to parents who were wealthy. He received an extensive musical education, learning the piano and the violin by age six. His favorite of the two was the piano which he practiced two hours daily. By age ten he was writing words and music to original songs, and by age seventeen he published his first song.

Porter also received an impressive academic education which carried him through Yale and into Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Music. While at Yale, Porter became the president of the Glee Club and a cheer leader, and he wrote two Yale football fight songs that are still played today. Later, Porter dropped out of the Law School to continue with his music education.

After World War I, Porter moved to Europe where me met and married Linda Lee Thomas, a beautiful and rich divorcee and a descendant of the Virginia Lees. Their relationship was a loving, supportive, lifelong partnership. Cole Porter was gay and had numerous male interests which Linda had agreed to allow. However, the marriage was at times unstable when Porterís gay interests threatened the coupleís carefully maintained social appearances.

Following their marriage in 1919 in Paris, the Porters lived an extravagant life in Europe through the 1920ís. They had a palatial home in Paris with floor to ceiling mirrors and zebra skin upholstery. Later, they moved into a famous palace in Venice where they employed fifty gondoliers and built a night club outside their palace which accommodated 100 guests.

Back in New York, Porterís first few contributions to Broadway musicals were poorly received. However, by the end of the 1920ís Porter gained recognition, and through the 1930ís and 1940ís he was one of the brightest stars on Broadway. He worked excessively and tirelessly on his musical productions and spent time in both New York and Hollywood.

In 1937 a terrible horse riding accident crushed both of Porterís legs. As the story goes, while waiting for hours for help to arrive he composed the lyrics to a verse of his song, "At Long Last Love." The accident left him crippled and in pain for the rest of his life. He underwent more than 30 leg operations until his right leg was finally amputated in 1958. Following his leg amputation, Cole Porter dropped out of music production until his death in 1964.

In 1955 Cole Porter wrote the lyrics and music for "High Society," starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong. The film was a musical remake of the classic 1940 award winning movie, "The Philadelphia Story," which won a Best Actor Oscar for James Stewart and which also starred Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. "High Society" featured nine musical numbers, plus there were five additional songs written by Porter which were not included in the movie.

"High Society" was one of MGMís greatest musicals. Grace Kelly was the movieís luminous star, and the romantic exchange with Bing Crosby in "True Love" was one of the movieís highlights.

Here are the lyrics to Cole Porterís "True Love."

Sometimes wind blows
a new moon moves at last alone
feeling far above her
oh how lucky we are

while I give to you
would you give to me
true love true love
so on and on it will always be
true love true love

for you and I have a guardian angel
on high with nothing to do
but to give to you as you give to me
love forever true
love forever true

for you and I have a guardian angel
on high with nothing to do
but to give you as you give to me
love forever true
love forever true

give me more true love oh yeah
true love true love
true love true love
got to give me your oh yeah oh yeah
true love true love
true love true love

for you and I have a guardian angel
on high with nothing to do
but to give to you as you give to me
love forever true
love forever true
love forever true love.

Garry Gamber is a public school teacher and entrepreneur. He writes articles about politics, real estate, health and nutrition, and internet dating services. He is the owner of http://www.Anchorage-Homes.com and http://www.TheDatingAdvisor.com


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