As Valentine’s Day draws near, I find myself thinking about one of my favorite show tunes, “My Funny Valentine.” The song is from the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms” by Rodgers & Hart and its been, according to Wikipedia, performed by over 600 artists.
In the show, the character Billie Smith sings the Valentine “Val” LaMar and she makes fun of Val’s so-called flaws including his looks, figure and even intelligence. I know, really nice. In the end though, Billie says she loves Val just the way he is and implores him not to change.
I adore the song. It’s simple, sweet and poignant. Here’s a collection of 10 of my personal favorite renditions for your sugar-coated listening pleasure.