Too Darn Hot (1960)

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"Too Darn Hot" is a popular song written by Cole Porter for his musical Kiss Me, Kate (1948). In the 1948 original Broadway production, it is sung by Lorenzo Fuller (as Paul) and Eddie Sledge and Fred Davis (as the specialty dancers). In the 1953 MGM Hollywood film version, it is sung by Ann Miller (as Lois Lane, Fred's new girlfriend, who is cast as Bianca). The song does not really contribute to the plot but it allows the audience to see (in the film version) Lois's fun-loving, risk-taking nature and gives the actress who plays her a chance to show off her dancing skills, specifically tap.

It was covered by Erasure for the Red Hot + Blue compilation in 1990.

The song gained new currency in 2004 because of two films that came out that year. The first was the Porter biopic De-Lovely, and the second was the movie Kinsey, which used the tune because Porter mentioned the Kinsey report on American sexual attitudes in the song's bridge.

The line was censored in the 1953 MGM film of Kiss Me, Kate, which changed it to 'According to the latest report'.

In Ella Fitzgerald's recording on her album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (1956).

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