What's NewWords & Music by Johnny Burke & Bob Haggart, 1939
Recorded by Linda Ronstadt on Lush Life, 1983 (#53)
Intro: | E C#m7 | F#m B7 | E C#m7 | F#m B7 (Cdim) | (Cdim) E C#m7 What's new? Dm7 G7 CM7 Am7 How is the world treating you? F#7 Cdim Em6 C#m7-5 You haven't changed a bit; F#7 Cdim E C#m7 F#m B7 Lovely as ever, I must admit. Cdim E C#m7 What's new? Dm7 G7 CM7 Am7 How did that romance come through? F#7 Cdim Em6 C#m7-5 We haven't met since then- F#7 Cdim E C#m7 Bm7 E7 Gee, but it's nice to see you again. (Key Change to A) Fdim A F#m What's new? Gm7 C7 FM7 Dm7 Probably I'm boring you, Bm7-5 Fdim Am Am+7 But seeing you is grand- Bm7-5 Fdim A AM7 And you were sweet to offer your hand. F#m B7 I understand. (Key Change to E) Cdim E C#m7 A - dieu! Dm7 G7 CM7 Am7 Pardon me asking, "What's new." F#7 Cdim Em6 C#m7-5 Of course, you couldn't know, F#7 Cdim E C#m7 I haven't changed...I still love you so. Instrumental Coda: | F#m B7 | E C#m7 | F#m B7 | E9 |
Though critics have downplayed them, the three albums of classic pop standards that Ronstadt put out from 1983-86 were, in my opinion, some of the finest examples of this kind of music ever recorded. Nelson Riddle's orchestrations were elegant without being over-blown, and Ronstadt's vocals prove she would have been a star in that era as well, by showcasing the songs rather than her delivery. If you haven't heard "What's New," "Lush Life" and "For Sentimental Reasons," I'd recommend you check 'em out.