Roaring Twenties: Irene Bordoni sings Cole Porter, 1928





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Published on Oct 11, 2007

IRENE BORDONI (1895--1953), singer and actress. The tiny Corsican‐born comedienne first appeared in New York in "Broadway to Paris" (1912). Subsequently she played in "Miss Information" (1915) and the 1917 and 1918 editions of "Hitchy Koo". Bordoni's heyday was in the 1920s, when she was starred by her husband E. Ray Goetz in "As You Were" (1920); "The French Doll" (1922), in which she sang "Do It Again"; and "Paris" (1928), in which she introduced Cole Porter's "Let's Do It."(„Let's Misbehave" was dropped before New York opening and replaced by „Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love"). In 1938 she played in "Great Lady" and two years later sang Irving Berlin's "It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow" in "Louisiana Purchase". Her last major appearances came when she toured as Bloody Mary in South Pacific in 1951. Bordoni also appeared in vaudeville and occasionally in nonmusical plays.

IRVING AARONSON began his professional career at age 11, playing piano in silent movie houses. In the mid-1920s he put together his own jazz band. At first known as the ''Crusaders,'' the group later changed its name to the ''Commanders'' and made its first recording in 1926. The band performed primarily in theaters and earned their reputation as a well-trained and entertaining outfit. Members in the late-1920s included Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Claude Thornhill, Tony Pastor, Jack Armstrong, and Chummy MacGregor, Glenn Miller's future pianist. In 1928 the Commanders appeared in Cole Porter's Broadway show "Paris". Bing Crosby used the group as his backing band on four songs he recorded from his 1934 film "She Loves Me Not", which included the best-seller ''Love In Bloom.'' In 1952 Aaronson became a musical supervisor for MGM studios, where he remained until his death in 1963.

Recording: Irene Bordoni, Irving Aaronson & His Commanders -- Let's Misbehave, from: „Paris" (Cole Porter), Victor 1928

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