one day is nowhere close to enough to celebrate Cole Porter

so here are more Cole Porter tunes. I am pairing each of Ms. Ella's interpretations with the performers in the wonderful Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, released in 1990 (and rereleased in 2006) by the red hot foundation as an AIDS benefit and to increase the awareness of and education on AIDS. 
the red hot foundation is a worldwide organization fighting the spread of AIDS. I encourage everyone to check them out and the other releases in the Red Hot series – I think they are up to 15 now.
the tribute to Cole Porter,  Red Hot + Blue is available at Amazon.

Ms. Ella's interpretation of So in Love is impeccable, but k.d. lang's take is heartbreaking

13-So In Love
Ella Fitzgerald

I love Kirsty Maccoll. when together with The Pogues, even more so


David Byrne's twangy take in this song may be nearer Porter's intent.  maybe

16-Don't Fence Me In
Ella Fitzgerald

I think Annie Lennox is the contemporary singer closest to Ella Fitzgerald

Tom Waits goes off in his own distant tangent.  wouldn't expect any less

05-It's All Right With Me
Ella Fitzgerald

a fun naughty bit. both Ms. Ella and the boys from Erasure go to town

04-Too Darn Hot
Ella Fitzgerald

Neneh Cherry's take delivers more of the creep and paranoia implied in the lyrics

edit:  as per mmb's request, here's one more pairing.

07-Do I Love You_
Ella Fitzgerald

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happy birthday to the de-lightful


and overall swell-around-town

                                                                      Mr. Cole Porter

born on this date, June 9, 1891, in the eccentrically named town of Peru, Indiana.  a good start for a consummate wordsmith and master of wordplay.

let's hear for the birthday boy, shall we?  Ms. Ella will do the honors

16 - From This Moment On
Ella Fitzgerald


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Pedro Navaja

Mack the Knife, aka The Ballad of Mack the Knife, originally Die Moritat von Mackie Messer, is a song composed by Kurt Weil with lyrics by Bertold Brecht for The Three Penny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper).  the song has enjoyed popularity for almost 80 years, being covered by many, many performers. 

Ruben Blades, the Panamenian singer and composer (sorry, Drude for making you homesick for Panama), recreated "Mack the Knife" as "Pedro Navaja" in 1970s Bronx. it is a great song.

03-pedro navaja - ruben blades
Ruben Blades and Willy Colon

NOTE:  I have a *tiny bit* of a thing for "Mack the Knife" and have collected dozens of versions.  Mack was a favorite during the golden age of American jazz and big band.  here are a couple of exemplars:

the lovely Ella and the Duke

the two Louis*

*sorry for the lack of cover art.  I've had this for ages and can't locate the album it originally came from

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