Leslie Hutchinson is synonymous with the songs of Cole Porter and we are proud to present his almost complete oeuvre here. Hutch recalled that he ‘played double piano with Cole Porter and he taught me how to play his songs as he wanted them sung’.
“It is always interesting to have a performer sing the songs of a particular composer and on this set you get 16 Cole Porter songs followed by 8 Gershwin songs … This CD from Past Perfect is one of the best in terms of the music; the performance & the sound reproduction of some very early recordings.” C Fuller-Hale
Hutch (Leslie Hutchinson) is synonymous with the songs of Cole Porter and we are proud to present his almost complete oeuvre here (a Cole Porter medley is to be found on another Past Perfect album – ‘Elegance’). Cole Porter and Hutch enjoyed a special friendship – they both lived in Paris awhile during the 1920s – and Hutch later recalled that he ‘played double piano with Cole Porter and he taught me how to play his songs as he wanted them sung.
Born on 7 March 1900 on the West Indian island of Grenada, Leslie Arthur Julien Hutchinson seized the opportunity of sailing to New York at the age of sixteen and escaped from his somewhat humdrum existence. Arriving, as he recollected ‘with a few dollars and a lot of ambition’, employment proved hard to come by, so he offered his services as a pianist at private parties to supplement his income. Slowly he managed to build up a reputation and earn a living in music as an accompanist and later as a member of a band led by Elmer Snowden. But an unnerving racial incident involving the band members and the Ku Klux Klan was enough to make Hutch decide to leave America.