Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Album: High Society (1956)

Songfacts®:

  • The 1956 musical High Society is a remake of the 1940 film The Phildelphia Story. By the time it was commissioned, Cole Porter can be said to have been in his twilight years, but as this duet between Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm shows, he hadn't lost his touch.
  • This is another of Cole's famous "list songs"; its theme is literally do you want to be a millionaire - or my lover? In spite of its apparent frivolity, there can be no doubt that he meant what he said, that there are some things that are more important than money. Although he was born into affluence, and by the time this song tripped off his pen, he had long been both wealthy and famous in equal measure, he was also unquestionably a very unhappy man. In October 1937 he was confined to a wheelchair after an horrific riding accident; this led to him having a series of operations on his legs, and left him in both constant pain and depression. In 1952 his mother died, and two years later his wife of over thirty years. In 1958, his right leg was amputated, and he died a virtual recluse in 1964. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 1

  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaI liked how she asked him, "Ask me if I would change places with (girl) & her money?"; Frank asks, "Can you trade places with (girl) & all her money?"
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