There are certain songs that do not belong in any one period in time or to just one generation. One of these is ‘My Funny Valentine’. A Jazz Standard that has been recorded on over 1300 albums and performed by over 600 artists… These have included Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams and of course Mel Torme.
The song began life as a show tune written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1937 musical Babes in Arms. The show opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway and ran for nearly 300 performances. It was made into the filmed version in 1939 with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. The song My Funny Valentine began its long tenure as a popular favourite in the charts in 1945 and is now part of the Great American Songbook.
Here it is performed by William Price King. Over the last few months William has been following the lives and careers of Jazz musicians and singers that inspired him and who have left behind an enormous legacy of music and lyrics.
A Man and His Music – William Price King meets Mel Torme Part Three is this Saturday and if you have missed the previous two episodes here are the links.
William Price King – Jazz composer, musician and singer.
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download from his website.
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/