Dory Previn died on Valentine’s day. She was 86.
Known mostly for her work on songs for the movies, she also had some success in the pop field with records released in the 70s. She and her first husband, André Previn, were nominated several times for an Academy Award but never won.
Her six records were recorded after her divorce from Previn, her most successful being a live album.
Her songs were intelligent and insightful and most dealt with her personal life, which was a fertile field. Her abusive father was gassed in WWI and suffered severe mood swings which resulted in violent behavior. He deteriorated to the point where he boarded his family up in their home and held them at gunpoint for several months.
She broke into show business as Read more on Dory Previn — 1925 to 2012…
Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovers!
This is either the happiest day or the saddest day of the year, depending upon the state of your love life. As a happily married man, I’ve enjoyed a permanent valentine for twenty years and we tend to celebrate any old time we please. It works out well.
As music lovers, my valentine and I are both great fans of the Great American Songbook standard “My Funny Valentine” — a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical “Babes in Arms.”
I’m sure you’ve heard it. This popular jazz standard has appeared on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. It’s even been performed on “American Idol,” so even the Gen-X, Y or Z kids should know it.
Whether your favorite version is traditional (like Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra) or jazzy (like Miles Davis or Chet Baker), you can probably find a version to suit your mood.
Name your favorite performer, and chances are, you’ll find a recording of this song. Michael Bublé? Too easy. Jerry Garcia? Believe it or not — YES.
The perennial song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Of course the music is absolutely beautiful, but the lyrics make this the ultimate valentine song.
What? You’ve never heard of Hirschfeld? He was the long-time Broadway caricaturist — his images captured the movies and Broadway plays and all the major players from both.
Go quickly — see the showcase and then keep Googling until you find more great line drawings from the legendary master artist.