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.

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"My Funny Valentine"

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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.

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