>It’s Valentines Day!

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This is one of my favourite Rogers and Hart compositions and Linda Ronstadt rendition tops all the others. Sinatra has sung it as has Ella Fitzgerald, Striesand and a zillion others, but Ronstadt’s rendition will always be my favourite.

Although I was aware of some of her hits from the 70’s, I think I always remembered her more as the rock chick who dated Jerry Brown when he was California’s governor (75-83) and allegedly smoked pot with him in the California Governors mansion way back. I wasn’t a fan until someone re-introduced me to her music in the late 80’s, this time a very unexpected genre which totally blew me away.

For as long as I remember I have enjoyed the standards, blame it on some of the old black and white classics I watched with my mum, her choice of music which grew to be mine, not to mention my dad being a total jazz buff.

Linda Ronstadt collaborated with the great Nelson Riddle to produce three amazing albums of great standards and show tunes during the last three years of his life. My love for old standards was re-born and today, along with country music, old school soul music and R&B remains my favorite genre and the music I listen to most.

I’m going to have to download this lot as I only have them on CD.

It was impossible to just post My Funny Valentine, so I have added another two of my favorites…a very hard task as there are so many.

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