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Recorded at London’s AIR Studios, the 12-track album features some of Porter’s favourite Nat King Cole tunes including Smile, L-O-V-E and Nature Boy. There is also a Cole-inspired arrangement of Porter’s own song When Love Was King, originally released on his album, Liquid Spirit.

Later on, there's "I Wonder Who My Daddy Is," a Gladys Shelley tearjerker memorably recorded by Nat's younger brother, Freddie Cole. Too on the nose? Maybe, but Porter gives the song an impeccable treatment, if you can buy in all the way. Buying in may be the crucial factor here, for Porter no less than for his listeners.

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The sepia-toned allure continues with Porter’s gorgeous rendering of “ Nature Boy ,” which Cole recorded in 1948.  Porter’s measured singing magnifies the song’s deep sense of longing and mystery. “In a way, there’s a sweet, sophisticated sorrow in the song. And I was just a little boy when I first heard it, so I identified with this nature boy,” Porter says.

"I've done lots of work at dinner, sitting between two bores," he once said. "I can feign listening beautifully. I can work anywhere."

Join us in downtown Peru, Indiana for fun and music for young and old in a celebration of the great Cole Porter’s life and music on June 8th through the 11th, 2017.

Cole Porter, born in Peru, Ind., is a composer and songwriter best known for songs like "Night and Day" and "I Get a Kick Out of You" and the musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate .

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