Happiness as Anarchy #75: Miss Otis Regrets

Cole Porter is one of my favourite composers, for his artful combination of melody, chords, lyrics and wit. Apparently he only wrote in the key of C and the arrangers transposed songs into other keys. Miss Otis Regrets was written in 1934 for the revue Hi Diddle Diddle that play at the Savoy Theatre in London that same year. The mob, a broken heart, high society, and murder are all cleverly intertwined in this little song. I’ll be singing it this Wednesday night at my monthly spot in the cellar at Craig’s Royal Hotel, along with a raft of other songs made famous by great female singers.

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