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What Is This Thing Called Love?

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Wake Up and Dream

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" is a 1929 popular song written by Cole Porter, for the musical Wake Up and Dream. It was first performed by Elsie Carlisle in March 1929. The song has become a popular jazz standard and one of Porter's most often played compositions. Wake Up and Dream ran for 263 shows in London. The show was also noticed in New York, and the critics praised Tilly Losch's performance of the song. The show was produced on Broadway in December 1929; in the American rendition, "What Is This Thing Called Love" was sung by Frances Shelley. Ginny Simms performed the song in the 1946 biographical film about Porter's life, Night and Day. Jazz musicians soon included the song in their repertoire. The recordings of Ben Bernie and Fred Rich made it to the charts in 1930, and the song was also recorded by stride pianist James P. Johnson, clarinetist Artie Shaw and guitarist Les Paul. The piece is usually performed at a fast tempo; the 1956 recording of Clifford Brown and Max Roach with Sonny Rollins is one of the best-known uptempo instrumental versions. Saxophonist Sidney Bechet made a slow rendition in 1941 with Charlie Shavers.

    Release Date: 1929

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Marion Linton : Cole Porter A Cappella : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Marion Linton : Cole Porter A Cappella

Beginning as a waltz, "I Get A Kick Out Of You," this lively Cole Porter tune goes into 4 at the bridge. Initiated by the bass, this time change provides a good vehicle for practicing four in the space of three and vice versa. The tune is short, punctuated by rhythmic shots and ends with a bang. "Let's Do It" is impossible to sing without a smile. Humor, wit, quotes as well as insect and animal sounds thrive throughout its four verses. It's a challenge but well worth the work--and talk about a crowd please! "Love For Sale" is a challenging setting for Cole Porter's cynical look at love. From a soulful alto solo, we move to an up-tempo Latin groove suggestive of life on the street. Featured again in the bridge is the alto whose message is colored by humorous comments and quotes. Rich harmonies abound and build to a dynamic ending. A vamp is used throughout "What Is This Thing Called Love" as an introduction, interlude, ending and even as accompaniment for a be-bop chorus where high women's voices bemoan the pain of love gone wrong. Soprano, as solo or section, is featured on melody throughout this chart.

Songlist: I Get A Kick Out of You, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Love For Sale, What Is This Thing Called Love?

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 4747b | Sheet Music | $12.95 | A Cappella


Billie Holiday : Lady Sings the Blues : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999572025 : 0793524458 : 00357202

Billie Holiday : Lady Sings the Blues

18 hits featuring 'The Man I Love,' 'Lover, Come Back to Me' and 'Body and Soul.'

Songlist: Easy Living, Body And Soul, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Don't Explain, Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love), Embraceable You, God Bless' The Child, I Cover The Waterfront, Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?), Lover, Come Back To Me, The Man I Love, My Man (Mon Homme), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Night And Day, Strange Fruit, Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do, Them There Eyes, What Is This Thing Called Love?

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Billie Holiday | 40117b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Cole Porter : The Platinum Collection : Solo : Songbook : 9780571527991 : 12-057152799X

Cole Porter : The Platinum Collection

This is The definitive songbook - a truly magnificent collection containing 50 of Cole Porter's best songs for piano and voice with guitar chords. All songs have been newly engraved and thoroughly researched and edited to provide the best edition available! No other series can claim to be as definitive as Faber Music's new Platinum Collection.

Songlist: All Through The Night, Another Op'nin, Another Show, Anything Goes, Be A Clown, Be Like The Blue Bird, Begin the Beguine, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Don't Fence Me In, (You'd Be So) Easy to Love, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, From This Moment On, Get Out Of Town, Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye, Hey, Good Lookin', I Get A Kick Out of You, I Happen To Like New York, I Love Paris, I Love You, I'm A Gigolo, In The Still Of The Night, I've Got You Under My Skin, It's All Right With Me, It's De-Lovely, Just One Of Those Things, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Let's Misbehave, Love For Sale, Miss Otis Regrets, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 8507b | Songbook | $22.25 | Voice and Piano


Cole Porter : Cole Porter For Jazz Singers : Solo : Songbook : V117DS

Cole Porter : Cole Porter For Jazz Singers

14 of the greatest standards ever written now in keys specifically designed for singers. Includes a book and 2 CDs - one CD for high voice and the other CD for low voice - so all singers, men and women, can find a key comfortable for their personal range. The book includes all of the songs written in both keys with lyrics clearly notated over the melody line.

Songlist: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, I've Got You Under My Skin, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Night and Day, Love For Sale, Just One Of Those Things, In The Still Of The Night, I Love You, I Concentrate On You, Get Out Of Town, From This Moment On, (You'd Be So) Easy to Love, At Long Last Love, All Of You

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Voicing: Solo | 8547b | Songbook | $19.95 | Accompanied


Cole Porter : Cole Porter Love Songs : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999130904 : 0793589568 : 00313090

Cole Porter : Cole Porter Love Songs

Includes all of this legendary composer's best, from his heartfelt, sincere songs (Do I Love You - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Easy to Love - Night and Day) to his witty and suggestive songs (Let's Do It - I Hate You, Darling - I've Got You Under My Skin - Mind If I Make Love to You). 39 songs in all. Includes a biography of Cole Porter and photos.

Songlist: From Now On, I Happen To Be In Love, You're Just Too Too, True Love, I Love You, All Of You, Between You And Me, All Through The Night, From This Moment On, At Long Last Love, You Do Something To Me, So In Love, Begin The Beguine, I Am Loved, Could It Be You, Ca, C'est L'amour, Do I Love You, Ours, Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love), Ev'rything I Love, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, From Alpha To Omega, I Am In Love, I Concentrate On You, I Get A Kick Out Of You, I Hate You, Darling, I Love Paris, I've Got My Eyes On You, I've Got You Under My Skin, In The Still Of The Night, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20303b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Cole Porter : De-lovely - Music from the Motion Picture : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088680572 : 0757923631 : 00321547

Cole Porter : De-lovely - Music from the Motion Picture

The motion picture De-Lovely, an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, is filled with Porter's own unforgettable songs, and stars some of the biggest names in film and music, including Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, and Robbie Williams. Our spectacular folio is sure to be a collector's item, including songs performed in the film along with an elaborate section featuring six panels of color artwork that includes a gate-fold display featuring an array of artist and actor photos on a three-page spread. The book is printed on an antique ivory stock reminiscent of the quality publications available during Porter's lifetime. Titles are: It's De-Lovely - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Just One of Those Things - Be a Clown - Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love - Begin the Beguine - Anything Goes - I Love You - So in Love - True Love - Love for Sale - What Is This Thing Called Love - Easy to Love - Night and Day - Let's Misbehave - Blow, Gabriel, Blow - In the Still of the Night - You're the Top.

Songlist: Anything Goes, True Love, I Love You, So In Love, Be A Clown, Begin The Beguine, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love), Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, In The Still Of The Night, It's De-Lovely, Just One Of Those Things, Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love), Let's Misbehave, Love For Sale, Night And Day, What Is This Thing Called Love?, You're the Top

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Voicing: Solo | 20318b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Cole Porter : The Cole Porter Song Collection - Volume 1 - 1912-1936 : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088687465 : 0739062301 : 00322236

Cole Porter : The Cole Porter Song Collection - Volume 1 - 1912-1936

This is the first of a two-volume series presenting highlights from the career of Cole Porter. Volume one documents 50 songs from his early career, from 1912 until 1936. The book includes a song-by-song analysis, rare images of original sheet music, informal shots from Porter's scrapbooks, and publicity stills from motion pictures and Broadway. Titles: Anything Goes - Begin the Beguine - Easy to Love - I Get a Kick Out of You - It's De-Lovely - I've Got You Under My Skin - Just One of Those Things - Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) - Love for Sale - Miss Otis Regrets - Night and Day - What Is This Thing Called Love - You Do Something to Me - and more.

Songlist: Why Shouldn't I?, You've Got That Thing, Anything Goes, After You, Who?, I'm In Love Again, All Through The Night, Longing For Dear Old Broadway, Miss Otis Regrets, You Do Something To Me, Begin The Beguine, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, It's Bad For Me, The Laziest Gal In Town, Down In The Depths (On The Ninetieth Floor), Ours, Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love), Buddie Beware, Looking At You, Wake Up And Dream, Don't Look At Me That Way, Which, They All Fall In Love, Experiment, How Could We Be Wrong, The Physician, I'm Unlucky At Gambling and I'm Unlucky In Love, You Don't Know Paree, The Great Indoors, Take Me Back To Manhattan, How's Your Romance?, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20320b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Cole Porter : Solo : Songbook & CD : 888680033538 : 1941566014 : 00138892

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Cole Porter

Eight Cole Porter favorites are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra.

Songlist: Night and Day, You Do Something To Me, Just One Of Those Things, Begin the Beguine, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Love for Sale, I Get A Kick Out of You

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Voicing: Solo | 8355b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Soprano : Solo : Songbook : 888680700386 : 1495098419 : 00238674

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Soprano

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This soprano edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky) - In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, He Was Too Good To Me, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Make Someone Happy, The Man I Love, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40584b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Mezzo-Soprano : Solo : Songbook : 888680700393 : 1495098427 : 00238675

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Mezzo-Soprano

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This mezzo-soprano/alto edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)- In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, He Was Too Good To Me, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Make Someone Happy, The Man I Love, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40585b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Tenor : Solo : Songbook : 888680700409 : 1495098435 : 00238676

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Tenor

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This tenor edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)- In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, Call Me Irresponsible, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, Over The Rainbow, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40586b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Baritone : Solo : Songbook : 888680700416 : 1495098443 : 00238677

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Baritone

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This baritone edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)- In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, Call Me Irresponsible, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, Over The Rainbow, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40587b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Arrangers : The Great American Songbook - Jazz : Solo : Songbook : 884088862497 : 1476875502 : 00110387

Various Arrangers : The Great American Songbook - Jazz

A great resource of 100 classics of American songwriting arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames.

Songlist: Love You Madly, Dancing In The Dark, All Alone, All Blues, All Or Nothing At All, The Lamp Is Low, Almost Like Being In Love, Alone Together, Along Came Betty, Lucky To Be Me, And The Angels Sing, Angel Eyes, As Time Goes By, Sweet Lorraine, Summertime, Star Eyes, Django, There Is No Greater Love, Bernie's Tune, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Billie's Bounce (Bill's Bounce), Blue Moon, Bluesette, Emily, If I Had You, But Not For Me, Allen's Alley, Reunion Blues, Can't We Be Friends, Just Friends, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2559b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG

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