As well as having a way with a patter song Noel Coward knew how to sell - and write - a ballad. He constantly plays around the beat of the song, sometimes holding back and at other times anticipating. He had no formal music training although he did take singing lessons to work on his technique. He was a self-taught pianist and if I remember correctly from one of his biographies, would work out his music on the piano then have someone else copy the notes down.
And here's the great Dinah Washington doing what is, without a doubt, the best version of Coward's Mad About the Boy
23 aprile - San Giorgio