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Funny Valentine is the definitive biography of the legendary jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker. In the words of the singer, Chris Isaak, who appeared in a documentary about him, 'when a cowboy grows up in Oklahoma and ends up in Rome, he's got to have a story'. Chet's life story includes an early taste of fame; he was a protégé of Charlie Parker, and won the New Star award for the trumpet in the prestigious DownBeat Critics Poll in 1953. He struggled to cope with the pressures of success, however, and after an ill-fated tour of Europe he descended into drug addiction.