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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 film. 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 4,955,863 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 53 in 2019). Cole Porter is the 267th most popular composer (down from 224th in 2019), the 1,253rd most popular biography from United States (down from 994th in 2019) and the 12th 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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  • 60.58

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  • 52

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  • 3.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.18

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among composers, Cole Porter ranks 267 out of 1,216Before him are Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Dmitry Bortniansky, Max Steiner, André Grétry, Gaspare Spontini, and Johan Halvorsen. After him are Johann Mattheson, Hanns Eisler, Jaufre Rudel, Johann Jakob Froberger, Clément Janequin, and Aaron Copland.

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Among people born in 1891, Cole Porter ranks 35Before him are Osip Mandelstam, Ole Kirk Christiansen, Frank Costello, Alexander Wienerberger, Michael Chekhov, and Pier Luigi Nervi. After him are Hans Reichenbach, Max Amann, Otto Rasch, Bronislava Nijinska, Anton Dostler, and Grant Wood. Among people deceased in 1964, Cole Porter ranks 31Before him are Alexander Archipenko, Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Sigfrid Edström, Princess Auguste of Bavaria, and Hans von Euler-Chelpin. After him are Sam Cooke, Douglas McGregor, Maurice Thorez, Paulino Alcántara, Peter Lorre, and Heinrich Neuhaus.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Cole Porter ranks 1,253 out of 18,182Before him are Rene Russo (1954), Robert Englund (1947), Duff McKagan (1964), Stonewall Jackson (1824), Mark Ruffalo (1967), and Jacque Fresco (1916). After him are Walter Gilbert (1932), Donna Haraway (1944), Dwight Schultz (1947), David McClelland (1917), Alyson Hannigan (1974), and Timothy McVeigh (1968).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Cole Porter ranks 12Before him are Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), Steve Reich (1936), Samuel Barber (1910), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), and James Horner (1953). After him are Aaron Copland (1900), Charles Ives (1874), Alan Silvestri (1950), Bernard Herrmann (1911), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), and Leroy Anderson (1908).