Here’s why this song should be in your collection!
“My Funny Valentine” is one of the best known and best loved songs from Part One in the storied career of Richard Rodgers.
Part One began in 1919 when Rodgers met Lorenz Hart while they were students at Columbia University. Success began slowly but soared after their first show tune hit: “Manhattan.” Mitzi Green became the first performer of “My Funny Valentine,” in the original 1937 Rodgers and Hart Broadway musical, Babes in Arms.
The song has been covered by over 600 artists, including such legends as Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Sting, and Phyllis Hyman.
After Hart’s death in 1943, Rodgers began Part Two of his career. He teamed with Oscar Hammerstein to produce such beloved classics as Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, State Fair, and Cinderella. Part Three began after Hammerstein’s death in 1960. Rodgers worked alone until his own death in 1979, but occasionally collaborated with Stephen Sondheim.
This song is available on various records in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
Richard Rodgers was the first artist to attain EGOT status: winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards during his lifetime. Since then Helen Hayes, Rita Morena, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, and several others have done it.