The song of the day for Tuesday, February 22, 2022, is “My Funny Valentine.”
About This Song
“My Foolish Heart” was written in 1949 by Victor Young and Ned Washington for a widely-panned film of the same name, based on a J.D. Salinger short story. Time magazine excoriated the score: “nothing offsets the blight of such tear-splashed excesses as the bloop-bleep-bloop of a sentimental ballad on the soundtrack.” I guess it wasn’t the first, or last, time that Time missed the mark, as this song ranks #6 on the jazzstandards.com website. Significant recordings include those by Bill Evans and Tony Bennett, The Bill Evans Trio, Ann Hampton Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Chet Baker, and many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded “My Foolish Heart” in 1975 for their first album The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album.
“My Funny Valentine,” as well as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album is available on Apple Music.
Here’s the Bill Evans Trio recording of “My Foolish Heart” from 1961, with Paul Motian on drums and Scott LaFaro on bass.