So In Love

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(above, left) Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison in the original Broadway production of Kiss Me, Kate; (right) Morison, the look of love (photographs by Ralph Morse)

Kiss Me, Kate original cast (1a)

(above) Kiss Me, Kate original cast (I think); (below) Patricia Morison and Alfred Drake exchange pleasantries

Patricia Morison and Alfred Drake in Kiss Me Kate (2)

So In Love (Cole Porter) – composed by Porter for his “comeback” musical Kiss Me, Kate, based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The production opened on Broadway at the New Century Theatre on 30 December 1948 and closed at the Schubert after 1,077 performances on 28 July 1951 . The song was sung by Patricia Morison (Lilli Vanessi/Katharine) in act 1 of Kate, and reprised by Alfred Drake (Fred Graham/Petruchio) in act 2.

Second Hand Songs indicates that the first recording of “So In Love” was that by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra on 23 December 1948, while apparently crediting it as the first to be released as well, though failing to provide the release date. SHS considers Patricia Morison’s version on the original Broadway cast album to be the second released recording (15 February 1949), though according to various sources at least two other recordings in addition to Dorsey’s were made in December 1948, prior to Morison’s 20 January 1949 recording: those by Dinah Shore and Patti Page.

Dinah Shore — recorded in December 1948, and issued on Columbia 38399, c/w “Always True to You in My Fashion”

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Patti Page — recorded in December 1948, according to a Patti Page discography at rocky-52.net, and issued on Mercury 5230, c/w “Where’s That Man?”

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Patricia Morison — from Kiss Me, Kate, the original Broadway cast album, which was recorded on 20 January 1949 and released on 15 February 1949, according to Second Hand Songs

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Gordon MacRae — issued on the 1949 single Capitol Records 15357

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Eleanor Steber with orchestra conducted by Howard Barlow — TV, 1954

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Cesare Siepi with the Roland Shaw Orchestra — from the 1958 LP Easy to Love (Songs of Cole Porter), Decca SKL 4027

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Julie Andrews — from the 1958 album Julie Andrews Sings, (US) RCA Victor LPM-1681

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Peggy Lee – from her 1959 album I Like Men!, arranged and conducted by Jack Marshall

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Shirley Bassey – from her 1961 album Shirley

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Frank Sinatra and Keeley Smith – recorded 24 July 1963, Los Angeles

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Jerry Vale – from his LP Great Moments on Broadway, released 1966

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Robert Goulet – in the 1968 television production of Kiss Me, Kate starring himself and then wife Carol Lawrence

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Kiri Te Kanawa with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra — from the 1985 album Blue Skies

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k.d. lang – from Red Hot + Blue, 1990, featuring contemporary pop performers reinterpreting Cole Porter standards. The albumwas the first in the Red Hot [AIDS] Benefit Series by the Red Hot Organization.

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Lara Fabian & Mario Frangoulis – soundtrack of the film De-Lovely (2004)

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Eliane Elias – from her album Paulistana, 1993

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Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell from the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate perform “So In Love” on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, 1 November 1999

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Marin Mazzie – from (I think) the Kiss Me, Kate 1999 Revival Cast album

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Rachel York – 1999 London revival filmed for television series Great Performances, 2002

From the Amazon.com “editorial review” of the DVD:

Cole Porter’s masterwork Kiss Me, Kate was revived in a splashy production that played on Broadway in 1999 then in London, where this version was filmed in front of a live audience in 2002. Broadway veterans Brent Barrett and Rachel York play pompous Fred Graham and feisty Lilli Vanessi, respectively, the couple whose roles in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew mirror their offstage feud.

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Ανδριάνα Μπάμπαλη (Andriana Babali) — from her 2009 LP The Rose Tattoo, EMI Music Greece ‎5099996597224

presently unavailable

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dave Pritchard
    Aug 03, 2016 @ 17:03:37

    Recently saw the play for the first time at College of Wooster. Had forgotten about this song, popular in the 50s. Best “mature love song” ever, including Elizabethan sonnets. And, believe me, I am a mature judge.

    Reply

    • doc
      Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:36:42

      Dave,
      Hi. Thanks for sharing that. Like a Missourian, I’m not given to believing a claim (“mature judge”) without demonstration of its accuracy. However, in this case I’ll make an exception. : )
      Regards,
      doc

      Reply

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