It’s Too Darn Hot, from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate

There have been a lot more 90º degree-days than normal this summer. From what I see on weather reports, most of the country has been broiling, baking, roasting, or stewing, depending on how bad the humidity is. So lots of other people must be thinking, “It’s Too Darn Hot.”

The song of that name by Cole Porter appears in his great musical Kiss Me Kate, a play within a play in which a divorced couple, who still secretly love each other despite their constant quarreling, star in a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare’s bawdiness provided Porter with the license to introduce “It’s Too Darn Hot” and other risque songs into what turned out to be his first hit in three years.

So get back at summer. Enjoy the video and dance sequence, and be glad to watch and not dance so energetically when “It’s Too Darn Hot.”

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