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This was written back in the 1920s and has been sung by everybody from Louis Armstrong in 1928 to Rufus Wainwright several years ago. I hope this makes YOU smile! Take care now, Michael

"When You're Smiling" was written by Fisher, Shay and Goodwin in 1924 and is in the public domain.

Vocal: MJK
Accompaniment: Arranged and performed by the inimitable Alan McPike at the Bespoke organ.
Photo: All that money I spent to get my teeth fixed and that's the best I can do! Whatta rip-off!
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Uploaded: Apr 01, 2010 - 04:09:51 PM
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2011 - 12:18:33 AM Last Played: Mar 25, 2017 - 02:40:31 AM
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drakonis said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
oh, those teeth, dear...
Nope, sorry, not possible, no, you can't make me.. wait... OK, dang it you did it, you made me smile! What a great backing that Mr. McPike does (I enjoyed watching him play on Youtube... I mean watching him on Youtube while he played... you know what I mean) and your singing is exquisite as usual. Sorry, I'm fresh out of superlatives today, meant to pick up more after the LAST song of yours I heard.

Yup, I'm still smiling, thank you Michael!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks Eduard!
I loved the intro on this--the only reason I thought I'd sing it! No need for superlatives (they cost so much!) and appreciated your stopping by (and yes, I'm still working on you-know-what!) Take care now, Michael
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edpdx said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Wow!
Jaw dropping vocals!

This just has brighten my day!

Thanks a lot!

edpdx
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Hi Ed!
Actually I just dropped my jaw reading your comment and my dog grabbed it and ran out the door! You are too kind--thanks so very much for stopping by! Take good care, Michael
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lilmom said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
SMILE!
It makes people wonder what you've been up to.... This is smile-provoker performance if ever there was one. TERRIFIC!!!!
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks O Smiling One!
Sylvia, I wish I had YOUR smile--as you can see, I've never had a good one; it comes out kind of forced, like Ralph Kramden smiling at his mother-in-law or something! It's always wonderful to hear from you--thanks again! Michael
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Moviz said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Woah!
Takes me way back to the war years and later, when I also sang this a time or two.... there's nothing like the oldies and you sing it so well..... great rendition, cheers M
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Hi Moviz
Thanks for your nice words--and for dropping by! Take care now, Michael
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alackbass said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
I'm Smile
Great vocal performance. Your phrasing is excellent. You take wonderful liberties with the melody with ornamentations and dynamic changes that are tasteful and work perfectly with the orchestra. Question: When are you going to post one that features both your piano playing and vocal? I don't think I'm the only one here waiting to hear your voice accompanied by your piano playing.
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks Andrew!
Well, I would very much enjoy recording myself singing at the piano, but I only have one microphone, so it might be a battle between myself and the piano, although I'm thinking about recording the accompaniment separately and then coming down here and singing on it at the computer (also, in all honesty, I really can't sing as well when I'm playing at the same time--this I will admit right out front!) but I'm planning on doing something in that line in the near future. Thanks for you very kind words on this thing--you are such a talented guy that it has ME smiling over here! Take care now, Michael
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alackbass said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Of course I meant smiling
First day with my new typing fingers.
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alackbass said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
You Know How to Get it Done
You should record the piano first on its own track so you you have unlimited mixing options. And while I'm sure you can sing and play at the same time and get great results, I'm a big believer of doing them separately simply so you can focus your full attention on each. Looking forward to it.
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crissew said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Refreshing to have someone
doing the big band style on this site. i think you may be the only one doing that style (well, at least that I can think of) on MJ. Very well done vocals as always, and Alan is just amazing. How does he get such great sounds out of a keyboard? That is what I would like to know. Excellent job man.
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks Charles!
I hope to be working very soon on a big band style track that Tobin Mueller has asked me to do, so I might give Alan a bit of a vacation for a bit! I understand this Bespoke synthesizer does an incredible job replicating the sounds of various instruments (as you can hear yourself!) Thanks again for taking time to stop by and for your encouraging review! Take care and keep up the good work! Michael

PS: Lilmom here is also keeping the big band tradition going!
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jdholliday said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Man
I love your style!
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks very much JD
I like yours too!
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dave_b said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
When You're Smiling
Another amazing vocal over an impeccable backing track. If you're not doing this for a living, you should be.
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks Dave!
Well, I am probably going to get my union card for Minneapolis some time in June (hey, it's about time, I've only lived here for the last 17 years!) but have not done much professionally out here and I really never sang professionally, just played for others, but your kind endorsement sure gives me the courage to go for it! Thanks again and take good care! Michael
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awigze said 2553 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
za zoo
you got it.
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Za zoo
to you too! Thanks Andy!
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hackneybloke said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
when you're smiling
every time i hear you michael...it's like you've been dead over fifty years. and you know that's a compliment. when are you coming to london?
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Hey
Do I look THAT bad in the picture?! But all seriousness aside, Julian, that is one of the finest compliments I have ever received! Actually, I didn't quite die 50 years ago, but I sort of faded through the wall paper one night! London is on my list of spots to visit before I actually DO tip over, and I hope in the near future too! I won't need to consult my spooky old sister about where to go with you as my guide! You take care and thanks so very much! Michael
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Narad said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
When you're smiling
Another smiling from you ! Thanks ! :)
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Thanks nephew!
Always know I can get a smile from you! Take care now, Michael
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Jarvoid said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
I cannot
believe that a great number like this is in public domain ...when i go looking I find crud like 'the blackbird has a maypole up its fundament'or some such nonsense...this is great and true to it's era ...although I suppose it is a timeless piece.Mucho enjoyed.
michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Thank you Chris!
Yeah, this song is 86 years old--they sure knew how to write 'em to last, let me tell you! I think I've come across that song title you mentioned, as well as the ageless classic "She was Bread in Old Kentucky, But She's Just a Crumb Up Here" and "Annie's Cousin's Fanny". Thanks for your kind words and for the chuckles mate!
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Philos60 said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Professional Swing
I like your voice and perfect swing sound!
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Thanks very much Philo!
I really enjoyed your singing this morning--what a soothing voice! Appreciate your taking time to listen to me too and again, thanks for your endorsement! Take care now, Michael
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DWL said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Why am I not surprised
at your style ;-)

Very nicely done Michael. That's a fine set of pipes you've got there. I saw that Julian made a comment about being dead for 50 years. I understand that completely!

If you ever get to London be sure to look us up.

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Hi Dick!
Hi Dick!
Say, thanks so much for digging up those great music clips from the past--you are a man after my own heart. Yes, that lad Julian has a real way with a phrase, I must concede (actually, it was one of the nicest compliments I've ever received--I realize I'm something of an anomaly!) Appreciated your coming by and yes, by all means, I would very much enjoy meeting you and Julian and several others out your way that I've worked with via the internet in the past. It might be sooner than I think! Maybe we all could book the Palladium or something! You take care now, Michael
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MarkHolbrook said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
LOL
Well you play music and sing so well to hell with the smile man! Just put a bag over your head and sing! (just kiddin)...

Outstanding!
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Hey
No wisecracks! I'll have you know I was a professional model at one time (okay, so I was 7 or 8 at the time and didn't know what the fook was going on, but I was a pro!) All seriousness aside, thanks for your very kind endorsement Mark! Take care now, Michael
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Briton said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Ahh Yeah
Love the vibe! Great VOXS for sure!
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Briton
This is truly a great orchestration by Alan McPike--with that behind me, the rest is a cakewalk. Keep up the good work you do and thanks very much for stopping by!
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Dadai.2 said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Great rendition!
Wow, you've got the pipes. I love this song. It is one of the many old standards I perform during a once a month convalescent home gig that I do for some dear oldsters. But I must say... you're vocal (and of course that great accompaniment) just shines so bright.

I'm glad you commented on my song, so I could find this pearl...
thanks.
D
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Jack!
Thank you so very much! And guess what? I found a very highly talented artist today who goes by the name of---well, nice to meet you! Keep up the great work--I love it! Take care now, Michael
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CC_Connection said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
I am so much dancing right now. This song put me in a very great mood. I love it thank you.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2552 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Thank you Tina!
You are always too munificently kind to me, but keep it up, I like it! May your night be redolent with the evening breeze carrying with it the sweet aroma of 1,000 sheets of expensive, name brand fabric softener......
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Ibstrat said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
This
is just amazing. You should be touring the world fronting a big band! I assume this is one take..
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Actually Mark...
...I'd be in great spirits just touring weird, obscure parts of Minneapolis with me at the piano and a some guy tapping an oatmeal box for a rhythm section! I think I did three takes of this (one had my dog rattling his dog tags on it and the second one, I bumped my glasses into the microphone trying to read the words off the monitor--I am severely nearsighted!) I am your biggest fan, so THANKS very much for you kind words! Take care now, Michael
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DarkPlanet said 2552 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Michael...
Man this is like sunshine on the hood of a 1949 Oldsmobile, floored and flabbergasted!
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michaeljayklein said 2552 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Ya know...
...You Tom and everybody else--I really don't know how to fully express my gratitude for the kind and warm reception you've not only given me, but also to Mr. McPike, the person who does the arrangements I sing to and--most of all--for the songs I like to sing. I am just overwhelmed, so Tom, thank you for your kind words (I like the imagery there!) and to everyone else who stopped by to listen to a song written over 80 years ago. Take good care now, Michael
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Alannah said 2552 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
WOW Michael ....
.. very nicely done ! Perked me right up ! Now I gotta see what else you got in your little "tickle trunk" .....
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michaeljayklein said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Hi Alannah!
Thanks for dropping in!
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Mike_Lynn said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
What a great big band sound
Absolutely great performance. Great vocal supported by a professional accompaniment. Thanks for sharing. / Mike
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michaeljayklein said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Hi Mike
You are too kind--thanks very, very much! Michael
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guitaraddict said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
INCREDIBLE.
You, sir, are my hero.
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michaeljayklein said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Thank you Seth!
What I do?!!! Glad you liked it and I appreciate your stopping in to listen! Take care it easy and have a great week, Michael
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VicDiesel said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Take me out to the tea dance!
A great track. I'm having the hardest time here not to get up and foxtrot all over the room.

Those horns and strings are fantastic. What software are you using? Or do you have an actual dance band?
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michaeljayklein said 2551 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Thanks Vic
Your questions can be answered in my written introduction---thanks for listening!
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fambroski said 2550 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
I'm smiling!!!
You're the real deal buddy. And you're cute too. : )
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michaeljayklein said 2550 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Thanks Miche
I get my makeup jobs done by the same guy that did all those old "Frankenstein" movies. Thanks for listening and your kind words! Michael
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thoddi said 2550 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Fab
How cool to hear this oldie. You sing this like a real crooner. Checked out Alan McPike, and he sure has a cool vibe going.
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michaeljayklein said 2550 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Hi Toddi!
Thanks so very much for you nice words--and also for looking into Mr. McPike's work! There is no one quite like him out there and it's always a real joy to lay down some tracks on his great arrangements! You take care now and Happy Easter! Michael
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egobandit said 2550 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
IM sure
someone has said it before but you made me smile. Great singing, you must be king of the karaoke!
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michaeljayklein said 2550 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Thanks EB
I try to give karaoke a good name! Take care, Michael
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sewer rod said 2550 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Very classy
Obviously I don't know much about class :) But this is great, really great job.
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michaeljayklein said 2550 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Hi Jay
Nah, it may sound "classy" but it's no easier or harder to do than the work you and many other singers do in the more contemporary genres! Appreciate you coming by and your kind words--take good care now! MichaelThanks Jay
Nah, it just sounds "classy" but no harder to do than the work you and many other singers do in the more contemporary genres! Appreciate you coming by and your kind words--take good care now! Michael
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kassia said 2550 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
have you ever seen
a movie called "The Legend of 1900"? hackneybloke says it's like you've been dead 50 years, and that's exactly right. it's like you've stepped out of a recording of all the great crooners. LOVE the big band backing on this, along with your piano. Your voice is silky smooth and sweet and full of life. Definitely smiling on this one. Thanks!
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michaeljayklein said 2549 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Thanks Kassia
What a swell compliment! I wish my mom could be here to read that, because she was the one who introduced me to all this old music--she loved all those guys, from Sinatra to Andy Williams. Thanks very much for your kind words and for taking time to listen in! You take care now! Michael
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2549 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Wonderful vocal phrasing!
Your vocals really swing here--you do the backing tracks justice! Great song too, somehow never heard it. Forced a grin out of me despite myself...
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michaeljayklein said 2548 days ago (April 7th, 2010)
Thanks MK
Somehow those initials seem familiar to me! Very kind of you to drop in and for leaving nice words--I always like that of course! You take care now, Michael
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fasteddie said 2549 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
I searched "dentures"
and low and behold what did I find? That is sooooo funny.

This song does make me smile big time! You are quite a talent! I love the way you belt out these classic nostalgic pieces.

This is really great. Excellent work!
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michaeljayklein said 2548 days ago (April 7th, 2010)
Hi Eddie
I don't mess around when it comes to key words, let me tell you! You remarks are very kind and I'm glad you enjoyed this song. Take care now! Michael
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davajonah said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Great!
I'm glad you dropped by to my tune. Now I will spend the next moments listening to your incredible voice. If I could sing, [I most certainly cannot, except in the shower, where I excel] I would do it in this style. Most excellent sir.
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michaeljayklein said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Stop, I'm blushing!
And I look like an old, neglected strawberry when that happens. I am equally impressed with what I've heard from your creative hands Dave and look forward to hearing more. Thanks so very much! Michael
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dirigent said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
What a great vocal performance
Killer track - music of the kind that knocks your socks off.
Striking!

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michaeljayklein said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Andreas!
It was so great to hear your music here earlier today and even more so to hear from you. I'm really glad you liked this (and the song itself has a lot of sentimental attachment for me) so THANK YOU very much for your nice endorsement. Please don't be a stranger here (I know I should probably check to see what you have up on Facebook, but I always forget to log-in there for some strange reason!) You take good care and keep up the great work! Michael
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lengold said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Love this
song - love your vocal.
So... when are you coming to London?
Cheers
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michaeljayklein said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Howdy Len
Well old chap, I really do plan on coming there but can't say exactly when! My sister has been there innumerable times and since I have not seen her in ages, perhaps we will both visit together one day. Thanks sincerely for your encouragement and kind words--you take care now! Michael
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davisamerica said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
hahahahaha!!
.. ya did it again Michael... big smile here!
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michaeljayklein said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Thanks Jack
Glad you stopped by--keep smiling!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2547 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Incredible...
... musical arrangement and a perfect vocal for this tune. You sure got me smilin'... please let me know if there's a tour date around MI.

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michaeljayklein said 2546 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Thanks again Wayne!
I'm glad you enjoyed this song--it's always been a favorite of mine! I'll be sure Michigan is on the itinerary next time around! You take good care now, Michael
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imgrounds said 2544 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
Wow
All I can say is fantastic vocals.........
michaeljayklein said 2544 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
Hi IM
Nice to meet you! Thanks for listening! You take good care now, Michael
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jdholliday said 2489 days ago (June 4th, 2010)
you had 666 hits
on this so I thought I'd make it 667! Don't want no bad mojo goin on but may I say again that I love this version of this great song!
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michaeljayklein said 2489 days ago (June 4th, 2010)
Thanks JD
You have saved me from a fate worse than death perhaps! Thanks also for your remarkably kind words--take good care now! Michael
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Char said 2489 days ago (June 4th, 2010)
Some few people
can sing with ease and self-assuredness. You are one of those few. You have such a rich, warm voice and it just caresses the words, the notes. Aren't we all so lucky to have you here. :)
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michaeljayklein said 2489 days ago (June 4th, 2010)
Ah shucks...
Not sure where you and JD came from all of a sudden, but it sure made my day complete. Thank you Char--I'm lucky to be here!
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Heidi_E said 2480 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
GREAT
I really enjoyed this, probably not in my generations play list but i love easy listening jazzy music, very nice. And great message in it, lovely vocals too!
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michaeljayklein said 2469 days ago (June 25th, 2010)
Thanks Heidi!
I'm afraid I probably am of your generation too--I just love this music very much, even if it was before my time! Thanks again and take care, Michael
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SweetestL said 2369 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Hi Michael,
Nobody sings 'em like you do! This was perfect to my ears! Beautiful job on a great old tune! :)
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