Celebrate the Great American Songbook
In this show about the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook, one song is explored by jazz musician host, Joe Hunter, and his guest. Four different renditions of the selected song is introduced by the hosts who compare and contrast the merits of each adaptation.
"My Funny Valentine"
Host: Joe Hunter
Guest: Lee Bush
American Standard: “My Funny Valentine” (1937)
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Lorenz Hart
Featured Performers: Linda Ronstadt, Sarah Vaughan, Chico Hamilton Quintet, Chet Baker
Bonus Track: “Everything I’ve Got Belongs To You” (1942)
Performed By: Blossom Dearie
Podcast Summary: Joe and Lee discuss a timeless classic from the 1937 musical Babes in Arms that went on to become one the most beloved jazz standards of the Great American Songbook. The popularity of “My Funny Valentine” has been covered by over 600 artists and has landed an unforgettable spot in American culture. From the emotional rendition by Sarah Vaughan to the elegant instrumental version by the Chico Hamilton Quintet, you’ll enjoy this episode in all it’s melodies.