GETTING A KICK OUT OF THEM

Cole Porter’s legs were crushed by a horse in a riding accident in 1937. He named his injured legs “Josephine” (left) and “Geraldine” (right), and for the rest of his life got around with canes and braces. His right leg, Geraldine, was amputated in 1958.

35 years later, Ella Fitzgerald had both legs amputated below the knee due to complications from diabetes. A complete collection of her songbooks, including her Cole Porter songbook from 1956, were reissued on CD the same year.

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