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What a Swell Party This Is!

Cole and Friends

Join the other swanks in the History Center’s Cole Porter Room and watch What a Swell Party This Is!: The Music of Cole Porter. In order to create this homage to the music and life of Hoosier native Cole Porter, the IHS exhibits team set out to celebrate Cole’s musicals and movies performed in the past century by the widest range of artists possible. 

After researching Cole’s extensive theater and film projects and navigating the complex world of film licensing, they found clips including Tony Bennett singing From this Moment on The Ed Sullivan Show, Alanis Morrisette singing Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love in the 2004 film De-Lovely, and rare gems such as Cole himself arriving at the Hollywood premiere of High Society. The clips are peppered with photos of Cole at work with artists like Louis Armstrong, Jerome Kern and Dinah Shore.

“The process for acquiring the moving footage was challenging, but will be well worth it for visitors,” says Eloise Scroggins, director of exhibitions research and development. “In order to include them, we had to get permission from the studios that own the copyright, the artists depicted in the clips and the Cole Porter Trust for the use of his music and lyrics. We are so grateful to the Cole Porter Trust and all of the featured artists for waiving their fees to allow us to create this celebration of Cole’s musical legacy for our guests.”