The song of the day for February 14, Valentine’s Day, 2017 is “My Funny Valentine.”
About This Song
“My Funny Valentine” was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms, where it was introduced by Mitzi Green. This ballad is one of the most-loved songs in the American songbook and has been sung by most jazz and cabaret artists. In addition to Tony Bennett’s excellent recordings of this song, others include those by Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, and Miles Davis.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon recorded My Funny Valentine on October 28, 1959 for the album Tony Sings For Two, which was released in 1961. I mention the date of the recording session, as Bennett and Sharon recorded sixteen songs that day in a single session. Ralph came with a briefcase full of sheet music and they chose, arranged and recorded those songs in a single session. I would have given anything to have been able to see and hear that session.
“My Funny Valentine,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.
The Year of Tony Bennett wishes each and every reader a very happy Valentine’s Day. We leave you with this Valentine’s Day Google Doodle from 2012.