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'My Funny Valentine'

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'My Funny Valentine'

'My Funny Valentine'

'My Funny Valentine'

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Title: My Funny Valentine

Artist: Words by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers

Reporter: Elizabeth Blair

Producer:

Editor:

Length: 12:30

Interviewees: Max Wilk, writer (DAT available)

Mary Rodgers, Daughter

Elvis Costello, singer

Recordings Used: My Funny Valentine, Elvis Costello

Composer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'. Ted West/Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'.

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Floated by the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrical wit of Lorenz (Larry) Hart, "My Funny Valentine," written for the 1937 musical Babes in Arms, remains a perennial favorite come Valentine's Day. Its lyrics, however, don't exactly make for a typical sappy love song.

NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on the song's scope and the troubled, talented man who penned its familiar phrases.