"Love For Sale" would certainly have been banned in England at the time, but an instrumental version was played initially in the States, although it was later recorded widely, including by Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Bassey, becoming a jazz standard - vocal and instrumental. It remains to be seen why any internationally acclaimed recording artist of this class should want to sing the part of a prostitute, but such foolish romanticizing of the oldest profession is hardly new in either music or literature.
Having said that, the song's saving grace is the couplet:Old love, new love
Every love but true love
which tends to indicate that whatever its attraction for divas, Porter had no illusions about women who hire out their bodies to be abused by men.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2