“Let’s Be Buddies” – Panama Hattie & Love, Linda
Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
This jazz standard premiered in the musical Panama Hattie about sailors, spies, and a nightclub on the Panama Canal before making an appearance in the one-woman show Love, Linda about the life of Mrs. Cole Porter. Linda Lee Thomas and Cole Porter agreed “Let’s be buddies” when they married each other on this day in 1919. While it was a marriage of convenience for the previously abused divorcée and the homosexual Porter, they were devoted friends who remained married until her death in 1954.