Saturday, March 25, 2017

This is a very beautiful song from 1928 by Neil Moret and Richard Whiting, called She's Funny That Way.  Neil Moret, whose real name was Charles Daniels, composed the melody. He wrote a lot of songs, but this is his most enduring.  Richard Whiting wrote the lyrics, but he mostly wrote melody too.  For instance, he wrote Hooray for Hollywood which is still played at the start of Oscar shows. And he wrote, On the Good Ship Lollipop, which everyone knows, but without knowing him. This was the only time he ever wrote lyrics for another composer. And many people believe he contributed mightily to the melody as well (even though he never took credit for it) because it sounds like him.  

But, what's interesting is that there are two sets of lyrics to this song. There are the lyrics that Whiting wrote, which most vocalists sing. Then, there are other lyrics that Frank Sinatra sang. And I don't know where they came from. Both sets of lyrics are very nice.

However, since I am first, last, and always, a Sinatraphile, I go with Frank's lyrics. Hey, that's a given.  I sing it Frank's way.  I don't argue with the Chairman of the Board. 

So, here it is, a very pretty song from the Roaring Twenties, She's Funny That Way. And, to a great extent, this is my own arrangement.

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