What Is This Thing Called Love?

Album: Wake Up and Dream (1928)


  • A Cole Porter composition, this popular jazz standard debuted in the 1928 musical Wake Up and Dream and was first performed by English singer Elsie Carlisle. Its legacy has endured through covers by Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow performed this song as Kitty Dean (originally written as Peggy Lee) in the Truman Capote biopic Infamous (2006).
  • English singer Lemar performed this in the 2004 Cole Porter biopic, De-Lovely (named for "It's De-Lovely"), while actress/big band singer Ginny Simms sang it in the 1946 biographical film, Night And Day, also named for its title song.


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