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Anything Goes

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Ethel Merman Sings Cole Porter's "Anything Goes"

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Ethel Merman Anything Goes

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"I Get A Kick Out Of You" - Ethel Merman - "Anything Goes" (1936)

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Ethel Merman - Anything Goes (1954)

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Anything Goes - Blow Gabriel Blow - Ethel Merman

"Anything Goes" is a song written by Cole Porter for his musical Anything Goes (1934). Many of the lyrics feature humorous references to various figures of scandal and gossip in Depression-era high society. For example, one couplet refers to Sam Goldwyn's notorious box-office failure Nana, which featured a star, Anna Sten, whose English was said to be incomprehensible to all except Goldwyn, who came from Eastern Europe. Other 1930s society references include film producer Max Gordon, socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean and her highly promoted trip to the Russian SFSR, interior design pioneer Lady Mendl's scandalous predilection for performing hand stands and cartwheels in public at the age of 70, and the financial woes common to "old money" families during the Depression, such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Whitneys.