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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: February 14, 2013

My Funny Valentines…Just in time for Feb. 14

Happy Valentine’s Day, music fans! For the sheer fun of it, I have gathered some of my favorite versions of the classic tune “My Funny Valentine.”

The funny thing is, the song isn’t at all about the holiday we’re celebrating today. It is in fact a song from the 1937 Rodgers & Hart musical “Babes in Arms.”

In the show, a character named Billie Smith (originally played by Mitzi Green) serenades Valentine “Val” LaMar (originally played by Ray Heatherton). As we know from the lyrics, the songs hurls several insults but ultimately is a declaration of true love.

And so, here’s a few of what I consider to be the better takes on the celebrated song.

Chet Baker

Miles Davis

Sarah Vaughan

Ella Fitzgerald

Nico

Elvis Costello

Etta James

Frank “Chairman of the Board” Sinatra

Bjork

Carly Simon

Tom Jones

Carmen McRae

Johnny Mathis

Rickie Lee Jones

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