Night and Day

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  • The Song
  • Back Stories
composition date
1932
genre
Show
PBS Episode(s)
1
related media performance(s)
Cole Porter—You’re The Top: A Testimonial
participant(s): Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Garson Kan, and Alan Jay Lerner
type: Other
venue: Cole Porter Library Celebration Dinner, University of Southern California
media: Audio
“Night and Day” by Cole Porter, performed by Frank Sinatra
type: Recording
venue: Italian TV commercial for Perugina chocolate
media: Video
Cole Porter's “Gay Divorce”
type: Show
venue: Broadway
media: Image
songwriter(s)
Cole Porter
related performer(s)
Frank Sinatra
Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire on “Night and Day”

It had a long range, very low and kind of very high, and it was long, as they all said, and I was trying to figure out what kind of dance could be arranged for it. I asked him to play it again and again, and after four or five times I began to get with it… It was a known fact that it made the show. Gay Divorce had an awfully rough trip when it first opened on the road and later in New York. It was known after it caught on as “The Night and Day Show.”

Wrote it for your voice

 Cole Porter was nonplussed when Astaire worried about singing the song because of the range. Porter replied, “Sure you can. I wrote it especially for your voice.”

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Recordings
Fred Astaire Discusses “The Gay Divorce” and “Night and Day”
Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Garson Kan, and Alan Jay Lerner
The 3 part PBS Series
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