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4Ever Songs: Chet Baker ‘My Funny Valentine’

Between 1919 and 1943, pianist/composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart wrote many timeless songs – including the likes of “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Blue Moon,” and “Have You Met Miss Jones – but “My Funny Valentine” is undoubtedly their crowning glory.

The song was written in 1937 for 17-year-old to sing in Rodgers & Hart’s musical, Babes In Arms; although the stage show enjoyed a successful 289-week run on Broadway, “My Funny Valentine” outlived it, going on to achieve a notable life of its own from the mid-1940s onwards when many pop and jazz singers began including it in their repertoire.

It was in the 1950s, though, that “My Funny Valentine”‘s popularity skyrocketed; there were 38 recordings of it that decade, the most notable, perhaps, by Chet Baker, a sublimely lyrical trumpeter who also sang in a dreamy, androgynous voice. His 1952 recording of the tune – when he was part of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s quartet – transformed him into the poster boy of West Coast cool jazz.

Music by Bergman: Puma Blue

Puma Blue is Jacob Allen – a musician from South London who is busy taking classic sounds and moods and adding his unique vocal essence into the mix. Puma Blue the musician, the band, sounds wonderfully fragile on record and especially on stage. Think of Jeff Buckley baring his damaged soul while Chet Baker emotes smoky jazz vibes underneath.