Click to return to Dave’s Music Database home page.

Released: March 27, 1956

Rating: 4.750 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: jazz

Quotable: --

Album Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. All Through the Night
  2. Anything Goes
  3. Miss Otis Regrets
  4. Too Darn Hot
  5. In the Still of the Night
  6. I Get a Kick Out of You
  7. Do I Love You?
  8. Always True to You in My Fashion
  9. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)
  10. Just One of Those Things
  11. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
  12. All of You
  13. Begin the Beguine
  14. Get Out of Town
  15. I Am in Love
  16. From This Moment On

Album Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. I Love Paris
  2. You Do Something to Me
  3. Ridin’ High
  4. Easy to Love
  5. It’s All Right with Me
  6. Why Can’t You Behave?
  7. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  8. You’re the Top
  9. Love for Sale
  10. It’s De-Lovely
  11. Night and Day
  12. Ace in the Hole
  13. So in Love
  14. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  15. I Concentrate on You
  16. Don’t Fence Me In


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 15
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none

Notes: The reissue adds alternates of “You’re the Top,” “I Concentrate on You,” and “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love).”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Grammy Hall of Fame. Click to go to HOF page. In the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Click to go to Website.

Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
Ella Fitzgerald
“Ella Fitzgerald, ‘The First Lady of Song’” (NRR) is “arguably history’s finest jazz singer” (Johnson). She “will be long appreciated for her beautiful voice, thoughtful lyric interpretation, imaginative scat singing, and impeccable enunciation. The Cole Porter Songbook is “a striking…set featuring…some of the best-written American pop standards on one of jazz’s most prolific labels” (Johnson). It was “the first of her many anthologies devoted to the pantheon of American popular song composers and lyricists” (NRR), “a series that was started by the success of this set” Heller). “Fitzgerald’s songbook collections of various composers…are all wonderful, but her natural wit and intelligence was at its most perfect with Cole Porter’s erudite, urbane songs” (Heller). She “shines as the perfect interpreter of Cole Porter’s bittersweet love songs” (Johnson).

“Recorded and released on LP in 1956, Ella is joined by such luminaries as Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Billie Holiday and is backed by jazz legends such as Artie Shaw and Buddy Bregman” (Johnson). “While not as scat-oriented as her small group outings, [this collection offers] her most realized pop performances” (Heller).

“In the Verve tradition, the packaging is in-depth and the original liner notes by Norman Granz are reproduced faithfully, evoking that classic LP feel” (Johnson).

“This collection is one of those rare albums that can be treated as a terrific introduction to a classic artist, as well as remaining a treasured recording for the most scholarly jazz aficionados” (Johnson). “A true American music gem” (Heller).

Review Source(s):

Last updated November 20, 2008.