Cole Porter biographer Robert Kimball talks with Studs about his book "Cole" and his subject's life and work as they listen to classic performances of some of his most beloved songs. They marvel at how Porter perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the times in his lyrics, his lyrical influences, his unique method of outside-in composing lyrics and music simultaneously, Bobby Short's masterful interpretations, controversies over some of his works, and how well his material holds up.
The original broadcast includes performances of Cole Porter's own rendition of "You're the Top" from "Anything Goes." Ethel Merman's version follows along with her recording of "I Get a Kick out of You." Bobby Short interprets "Rap, Tap on Wood" and "Let's Fly Away" followed by Ella Fitzgerald’s recordings of "Love For Sale" and "Miss Otis Regrets." Billie Holiday sings an early version of "Let's Do It" followed by Will Holt performing "I Love Paris." The program concludes with a rare private recording of Cole Porter demoing two songs for the musical "Jubilee"--"A Picture of Me Without You" and "The Kling-Kling Bird on the Divi-Divi Tree."