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.
Frank “Chairman of the Board” Sinatra
Rickie Lee Jones