Cole Porter

1891 - 1964

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Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in Hollywood films. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, Porter defied his grandfather's wishes for him to practice law and took up music as a profession. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cole Porter has received more than 5,570,225 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia. Cole Porter is the 381st most popular composer (down from 269th in 2019), the 1,814th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,253rd in 2019) and the 18th most popular American Composer.

Cole Porter is best known for his popular songs, such as "Night and Day," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "Begin the Beguine."

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  • 5.6M

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  • 58.61

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 52

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.75

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.66

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among composers, Cole Porter ranks 381 out of 1,451Before him are Charles Koechlin, Hans Richter, Carl Heinrich Graun, Rodion Shchedrin, Jacques Arcadelt, and Toru Takemitsu. After him are Georges Delerue, Johann Joseph Fux, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Giovanni Battista Bassani, Ferenc Erkel, and John Koukouzelis.

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Among people born in 1891, Cole Porter ranks 49Before him are Otto Rasch, Anton Dostler, John Langenus, Bronislava Nijinska, Olga Khokhlova, and Otto Schmidt. After him are Pier Luigi Nervi, Walter A. Shewhart, Karl-Adolf Hollidt, Takijirō Ōnishi, Shukri al-Quwatli, and John Heartfield. Among people deceased in 1964, Cole Porter ranks 41Before him are Peter Lorre, Princess Auguste of Bavaria, Sigfrid Edström, Hugo Koblet, Halide Edib Adıvar, and Pedro Petrone. After him are Sergey Biryuzov, J. B. S. Haldane, Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, Werner Kempf, August Sander, and Francisco Craveiro Lopes.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Cole Porter ranks 1,814 out of 20,380Before him are Sonny Rollins (1930), Al Lettieri (1928), Paul Wolfowitz (1943), Philip Abelson (1913), Charles Duke (1935), and Paul L. Smith (1936). After him are Floyd Patterson (1935), Bob Fosse (1927), Robert C. Merton (1944), Marcheline Bertrand (1950), Joan Rivers (1933), and Susan Atkins (1948).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Cole Porter ranks 18Before him are Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Alan Silvestri (1950), Bernard Herrmann (1911), Charles Ives (1874), Elmer Bernstein (1922), and Aaron Copland (1900). After him are Richard Rodgers (1902), James Newton Howard (1951), Bill Conti (1942), Leroy Anderson (1908), Terry Riley (1935), and John Adams (1947).