"My Funny Valentine" Verse
Welcome to this tutorial on the verse for the tune "My Funny Valentine". This tutorial is for the singing pianist, or the pianist accompanying a singer.
One Of The Most Beloved Standards
"My Funny Valentine" is one of the most beloved jazz standards to sing as the lyrics are so endearing. It’s become a song that anyone knows, no matter of their love of jazz or not. It was originally written in 1937 for the show Babes in Arms, and included this verse.
Incorporating The Verse Into The Arrangement
In many of the jazz standards that come from show tunes, there is what is know as a ‘verse’. Often only the chorus of the jazz standard is used when performing the tune in a jazz setting.
However, this verse was made famous by jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald with "My Funny Valentine" on the "Stars at Night" recording and so it’s an useful verse to learn and memorise.
In these situation it functions like an intro, and it’s good to know some of these more famous ones when doing a vocal version of these songs.