On Wednesday, November 13, the Farmington Main Library held its latest concert in the Richard P. Garmany Music Series: A Tribute to Cole Porter with jazz pianist John Brighenti and vocalist Gail Lumpkin.
Nearly 100 people came out to listen to this selection of songs from the Great American Songbook, and based on the reactions from the attendees many of these songs were familiar old favorites. A sampling of the song list included hits such as Night and Day, From This Moment On, All of Me, It’s All Right With Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and You’re the Top. John also added instrumental versions of songs such as Every Time You Say Goodbye, Just One of Those Things, and I Concentrate on You.
Perhaps the biggest hits of the night were Don’t Fence Me In, where Gail sported a cowboy hat in a nod to Roy Rogers, and got the audience so enthused and engaged that they sang along with Gail in the most fun sing-along of the night. Another crowd pleaser was the song De-Lovely, where Gail reminded everyone of the Groucho Marx show, “You Bet Your Life,” where he promoted the DeSoto automobile, the ads of which used the song De-Lovely in its marketing. It’s delightful . . . it’s De-Lovely . . . it’s DeSoto . . . During this song, Gail introduced and sang to a mini Groucho Marx, which evoked giggles and brought back memories of that era for many in attendance.
During his life, Cole Porter wrote 881 complete songs for the stage and screen and, if our audience was any indication, his vast repertoire of songs continues to capture fans of all ages.