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Shirley Bassey - My Funny Valentine (1959 Recording)

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1959 Here is another wonderful example of an 'Early Shirley' Bassey recording. This is an American Standard songbook classic; there are over 600 recordings of this song over the 75+ years since Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote it for the musical, Babes in Arms back in 1937. Shirley Bassey recorded this song in 1959, first as a Philips single (Side A), with (Side B) being the song, 'How About You'. (ie, I like New York in June, how about you?). The recording, 'My Funny Valentine' was then included on Shirley's 1959 LP titled, 'The Bewitching Miss Bassey'. Shirley's version includes a mixture of sensual soothing sounds and unbelievable high fidelity vibrato notes. When Shirley first started in the business she was classified as Soprano; this recording is such an example. Shirley was told that if she wanted, she could become a classical singer. She had the pipes for it, but didn't want to learn many different languages in the process, so this was not in the cards for her. Shirley decided she wanted to be a POP singer, and based on her 6 decades of records sales, this the right decision for her. After about a decade in the business Shirley's voice lowered to somewhere between Alto and Mezzo-Soprano, and she can sing the full spectrum of both pitch levels. ABOUT this song: "My Funny Valentine" is a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star Mitzi Green. Recorded by Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey, Miles Davis, Nico and Chaka Khan. The song is a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. Babes in Arms opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, in New York City 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. LYRICS: My funny valentine, sweet comic valentine You make me smile with my heart Your looks are laughable, un-photographable Yet, you're my favorite work of art Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak? When you open it to speak Are you smart? But, don't change a hair for me Not if you care for me Stay little valentine, stay Each day is Valentine's Day Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak? When you open it to speak Are you smart? But, don't change a hair for me Not if you care for me Stay little valentine, stay Each day is Valentine's Day Special Thanks to Pieter and Astrid from the Shirley Bassey blog and all those who have contributed wonderful pictures of Shirley
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William Lynch (2 years ago)
Thank you for the information. I NEVER knew about Shirley Bassey until now!
Alyre Doiron (4 years ago)
Very very nice... Enjoyed... TH... Alyre & Lorenzo... Just listed "Wheel"  Hope you have a chance to visit.
Rosannasfriend (4 years ago)
hey Scot! Long time no typing to you!
Rosannasfriend (4 years ago)
+sas9023055 same to you, Scot!
Hi Ugonna (sp) How are you?   I hope that everything is going well in your life!   Take care, Scot

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