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For the album by Miles Davis, see My Funny Valentine

"My Funny Valentine" is a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms. It is now a jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists.

The song

Babes in Arms opened at the Shubert Theatremarker on Broadwaymarker, in New York, New Yorkmarker on April 14, 1937 and ran for 289 performances. In the original play, a character named Billie Smith (played by Mitzi Green) sings the song to Valentine "Val" LaMar (played by Ray Heatherton). In the song, Billie pokes fun at some of Valentine's characteristics, but ultimately affirms that he makes her smile and that she doesn't want him to change. The song first hit the charts in 1945, performed by Hal McIntyre with vocals by Ruth Gaylor. It only appeared for one week and hit #16.

Notable recordings

The song is considered part of the Great American Songbook and has had many notable performances, including:



Movie performances

A movie was released in 2005 entitled Funny Valentine.

Television performances



Structure

The basic structure of the song on a c-minor tonic is as follows if you want to play it fairly melodiously (measures separated by commas):

  • C-, C-maj7, C-7, C-6, Abmaj7, F-7, D-7(b5), G7(b9)
  • ditto thru to the F-7, then Db9, Bb7(b9)
  • (bridge) Ebmaj7, F-7, G-7, F-7, Ebmaj7, F-7, G-7, F-7, Ebmaj7, G7(+5),C-,(Bb7,A7) Abmaj7, D-7(5b) G7,
  • C-, C-maj7, C-7, C-6, Abmaj7, D-7(b5) G7(b9), C-, Bb-7 A7, Abmaj7, F-7, Bb7(b9), C-7 (preferred, or Ebmaj7)


This simple and classic structure makes it easy to adapt to other genres, and for jazz musicians to improvise over the established chords.

References

  1. Playbill from 1937 Babes in Arms theatrical performance


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