What Is This Thing Called Love?


What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)

From the Wikipedia profile, adapted:

Cole Porter wrote this song for the musical Wake Up and Dream (1929).The revue opened in London while Porter’s Paris was still running on Broadway. Producer Charles B. Cochran asked Porter to write the score, even though in their previous dealings Porter had treated him with some discourtesy. Opening on December 30, 1929, the production was the last to open on Broadway in the 1920s. The chord progression of the song forms the basis of several jazz compositions, such as:

  • “Hot House” by Tadd Dameron
  • “Barry’s Bop” by Fats Navarro
  • “Subconscious-Lee” by Lee Konitz
  • “Fifth House” by John Coltrane


Leo Reisman & his Orchestra – 1930


James P. Johnson – 1930


Connie Haines-4aConnie Haines-2

Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra – vocal: Connie Haines — recorded on 27 June 1941. The band included

Charlie Peterson, Manny Klein, Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Blake(tp); Tommy Dorsey, George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Jimmy Skiles(tb); Fred Stulce, Manny Gershman(as); Heinie Beau, Don Lodice(ts); Bruce Snyder(bs); Milt Raskin(p); Clark Yocum(g); Phil Stevens(b); Buddy Rich(ds)


Billie Holiday – Session #53 New York 14 August 1945 Bob Haggart and his Orchestra (Decca) — Joe Guy(tp) Bill Stegmeyer(as) Hank Ross, Armand Camgros (ts) Stanley Webb (bs) Sammy Benskin (p) Tiny Grimes (g) Bob Haggart (b) Specs Powell (d) Billie Holiday (v) plus 6 Strings.


Mel-Torme-and-Mel-Tones-1-f18Mel Torme-and the Mel-Tones 15 March 1946-Gene Lester

Artie Shaw’s New Music, vocal by Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones — recorded 25 June 1946 and issued as the 78 rpm single Musicraft 390 c/w In the Still of the Night


Art Pepper Quartet, recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, 28 December 1956 — Art Pepper (alto sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), Chuck Flores (drums)



Marta Kubišová1964

Co znamená mít rád (What Is This Thing Called Love?) (Cole Porter) — Czech text by Zdeněk Borovec

From Vysílá studio A, 3.díl (Volume 3), 1964-1965; performance begins at 8:29


Stan GetzStuttgart 1989 – Stan Getz (ts), Kenny Barron (p), Yashutto Mori (b), Ben Riley (dr)



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