Anything Goes

One of popular music’s wittiest and most renowned songwriters was born on this day back in 1891. Cole Porter was responsible for such compositions as I Get a Kick Out of You, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye. The likes of Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra were amongst those who popularised his songs in the days before the advent of rock ‘n’ roll transformed the role of the songwriter. I’ve chosen Sinatra’s swinging version of Anything Goes along with his friend Sammy Davis, Jr’s equally rhythmic take on Too Darn Hot. The next three interpretations are from the 1991 Red, Hot + Blue tribute to the composer. Finally, What Is This Thing Called Love? was one of the standards that Norwegian jazz singer Solveig Slettahjell performed on her second album, Silver: Slow Motion Quintet from 2006. “How strange the change from major to minor. Ev’ry time we say goodbye”

Anything Goes – Frank Sinatra

Too Darn Hot – Sammy Davis, Jr

Don’t Fence Me In – David Byrne

Well Did You Evah! – Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop

You Do Something to Me – Sinéad O’Connor

What Is This Thing Called Love? – Solveig Slettahjell